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  • Wise words on Privacy

Treat your phone as carefully as you treat your money

Key Messages

  • Because phones are used/checked often, they are continually going in and out of your pocket/bag therefore they can easily be lost - how do you protect your data if it is lost?
  • As your phone is a PSD - Portable Storage Device, it can be misused if found in the wrong hands (Take a look at this lesson plan; How to look after your storage device).
  • Always have a security PIN in place.
  • Self-management systems need to be in place to ensure your phone is not lost.

Illustrating the topic

  • Source: www.CartoonStock.com

Discussion Questions

  • Would you leave $400 cash lying around? Would you treat that much money differently to how you treat your phone?
  • What systems do you have in place to ensure your phone isn’t lost at school, at home and out and about?
  • When you lose your phone, what exactly do you lose? (phone itself, contact list, trust from your parents!)
  • What dangers can there be? Personal information stored on these devices can be used to someone else’s advantage eg theft of financial or personal information, use of identity and corruption of data (viruses) to other devices if linked via internet.
  • Should you always have your accounts logged on? Eg email, online shopping sites etc
  • How can you help prevent your phone data being accessed by the person who finds it? (PIN number, ‘wipe your phone’ feature which allows you to remotely erase all your personal data if it’s lost).
  • At which stage should you inform your friends that your phone has been stolen so that they are not tricked into giving information about themselves to the wrong people?


  • Using the cartoon, discuss how this situation could have been avoided? Make up a cartoon for what happens next!
  • Using the website http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Lost-Cell-Phone, create a flow chart as an advice pamphlet for your school to distribute to fellow students or make a concertina book to display in the school library.
  • Using the same website, take photographs of each other following the steps and use these in a large poster to go up in the school’s corridor.
  • Write a ‘choose a path’ story where the reader has choices of which page to turn to, eg ‘turn to page 3 if you decide to look behind the couch cushions, turn to page 4 if you choose to send your phone an SMS’ etc.
  • Act out different scenarios that may lead to your phone and the possible consequences that may happen if you don’t find it.
  • Create a ‘project cube’ where 6 sides of a small box is covered with an illustration of 6 different problems that could occur as a consequence of losing your phone.