Online Privacy & the Children’s Code

Resources for teachers to use when discussing privacy and the Children’s code.

The Children’s code is a set of rules designed to make the internet a safer place for children to learn explore and play. It requires organisations to put the best interests of the child first when they are designing and developing apps, games, connected toys and websites that are likely to be accessed by young people.

The ICO has launched a suite of lesson plans and worksheets aimed at teaching primary and secondary school pupils how to protect their privacy online and how they can control what online companies and platforms know about them. The resources explain what counts as personal data, how to protect it and how to keep it private on social media.

Teachers can use these to help children identify where they can go to for support, including what they should do if they suspect an app, game or website is misusing their data or not conforming to the Children’s code They cover the curriculum in all parts of the UK and can be downloaded for free from the ICO website:

Northern Ireland - Primary | ICO 

Northern Ireland - Secondary | ICO

Further information on the Children’s Code can also be found on the ICO website here.


Last updated: 18/10/2022