Media release: Privacy for Queensland Senior Secondary School Students—17 January 2012

The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) has launched a teaching module and multimedia competition for Queensland senior secondary school students to raise awareness about privacy in the information age

With online services increasing, individuals are often required to provide their personal information to government agencies. Young persons in particular may be unaware of potential privacy risks when using online services and OIC is responding to a need for educational activities raising privacy awareness among this group. .

Mr Lemm Ex, Acting Privacy Commissioner, said “Education about privacy issues and options can enable individuals to protect their privacy when using online services, and can also prompt individuals to establish sound cyber-safety habits more broadly.”

The teaching module has been distributed to the 179 high schools that offer Film, Television, and New Media Studies across Queensland, and, invites students to discuss what ‘privacy’ means to them, and related issues in the information age.

The teaching module includes an exercise where students create a short multimedia presentation dealing with a privacy issue. Students can enter their presentation in the OIC Privacy Multimedia Competition for the chance to win a share of $1750.00 cash.

A list of ten semi-finalists will be announced on Monday 30 April, with the winners of the competition to be announced during Privacy Awareness Week, Friday 4 May 2012 at Privacy Multimedia Competition.

“We have launched this initiative because young people are the best communicators to other young people. We encourage students to not only enter the competition but to generally share their take on privacy with their friends and family.” said Mr Ex.

Media contact: Mr Steve Haigh, Manager, Training and Stakeholder Relations
Phone: 07 3405 1111