• OWLS

  • Wise words on Privacy

Signing up for stuff

Key Messages

  • You don’t always have to fill in the whole form - check what you really have to provide
  • Sometimes you can use a nickname, or give made-up information - but sometimes you must provide accurate information or you could get in trouble. Know the difference.

Illustrating the topic

  • Role play: Two school friends are playing at one’s house after school. They find a new game and want to sign up to play. The sign up form asks for lots of details - real name, full address, date of birth and email address. One child is prepared to fill in all the details and the other isn’t so sure.

Discussion Questions

  • When do you need to provide real information (like your real name or date of birth) and when is it ok to give fake information? (Egs. Passport application, interzone athletics entry, mathletics, Club Penguin, FaceBook, Mine Craft)
  • Who gets the information you put online? What do they use it for?
  • Could it be given to anyone else? (Eg. Money could be made selling client lists; providing products and services, etc)
  • What can you do if you change your mind? (Eg. delete account, edit information)
  • Do you talk to a parent before you sign up? Why might this be a good idea?
  • Do you sometimes see advertisements for things on websites and games that you visit? What would happen if you click on those links?


  • Research games, websites and competitions (things you might sign up for: interactive websites; competitions to win stuff)
  • Identify other things you might see when playing games online: for example ads that students might be tempted to click on, or stuff to buy
  • Involve whanau/family - find out what they sign up for and what they’re asked to do (egs, loyalty cards, competitions, loans, job applications)
  • Artwork project featuring favourite online game characters or favourite games
  • Make up a fun/silly form asking for information that is not relevant and discuss how it might make students feel if they were asked these questions. Sort into Okay/Not Okay questions.