Privacy AwARe Week

Data Privacy Day is observed annually the anniversary of the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is proud to announce Privacy AwARe Week 2021: a week-long virtual celebration of Data Privacy Day that highlights the power of privacy and the importance of cyber safety.




Monday, January 25 — "It's Happening!"
A tabletop simulation of a data privacy breach in a school district



Tuesday, January 26 — Privacy AwARe Training Module
A self-paced student privacy training module from Technology Initiatives & Resources

Note: This module will take approximately 60 to 75 minutes. It works best on a computer browser (not mobile) and you may need to disable your pop-up blocker.



Wednesday, January 27 — Data Privacy: The Educator's Perspective
A panel discussion on data privacy with leading industry experts in education and technology



Thursday, January 28 — Data Privacy: The Student's Perspective
A panel discussion on data privacy with students from schools across the state



Friday, January 29 — Privacy AwARe: What's Next?

Student privacy doesn’t end when Privacy AwARe Week finishes. To efficiently create a privacy conscious culture, it is important to consistently enforce resources for privacy in our everyday practices. Here are a few ways in which you can deepen your education about data privacy:

  • Student Privacy for K-12 Educators from iKeepSafe – The iKeepSafe mission is to provide a safe digital landscape for children, schools, and families by supporting the protection of student privacy, while advancing learning in a digital culture. This playlist of video lessons on student privacy is designed for educators.
  • The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy – PCSP is a national coalition of parents and advocates who would defend the rights of parents and students to protect their data. Here you can find news updates, articles, and other resources on student privacy from the parent’s perspective.
  • Student Privacy at the U.S. Department of Education – The U.S. Department of Education provides essential resources on privacy for educators and students. They also provide guidance and advice on tools being used in the classroom, commonly used apps, filing complaints, etc.
  • The National Cybersecurity Alliance – The NCSA provides a vast resources library on online privacy and cyber security. They are also the organizer of special events like Data Privacy Day that encourages participation and celebration of online privacy.
  • Future of Privacy Forum – Through research, publications, educational meetings, expert testimony, and other related activities, FPF works with organizations and governments to shape best practices and policies, in the United States and globally.