• OWLS

  • Wise words on Privacy

Lock your stuff

Key Messages

  • You can make it harder for people to steal your information if you lock it
  • Learn about the different ways to lock your devices and your information (expands on the previous lesson)
  • Learn to log out of accounts when you’ve finished - this is one of the best protections

Illustrating the topic

  • For juniors, show a diary, or a box to keep secret things in
  • Seniors - show a range of physical locks (padlocks, combination locks) and digital locks (eg user names and passwords, swipe patterns, thumbprint)
  • Use www.hackasaurus.org - use the x-ray goggles to ‘hack’ a page you are familiar with : juniors - whole class; middle/seniors - small groups/individuals
  • Change the information or the pictures on the page

Discussion Questions

  • When and how do we lock information in the offline world? Why do we do that?
  • Is it different in the online world?
  • What type of locks do you need for your information? Where do you store it? What could happen if it fell into the wrong hands?
  • How would you feel if someone had your password and could change your personal information / photos?
  • What can you do to gain control back of your site if someone misuses it?
  • People say you should log out of your account when you’re not using it - why?
  • Do you need to protect all your information the same way?


  • Draw a cartoon strip involving finding someone’s tablet, with accounts still open, and using the account (eg adding something to a Facebook page). What happens next?
  • Do a persuasive writing exercise about why it is important to lock your information offline and online
  • Reading “It’s all about you!” SJ L3, April 2013 - keeping safe online (yr 5 text). Create posters, powerpoints, or do report writing