Canadian Privacy Commissioner Introduces Graphic Novel

The Canadian Office of the Privacy Commissioner has released a comic book and website aimed at helping teens and youth use the internet safely and protect their online privacy.  The comic is a short 14 pages and is a good read for both children and their parents.

Canadian kids are digitally savvy and they value their privacy, but they are often unsuspecting about the potential privacy risks of new digital communications technologies.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has created a graphic novel, Social Smarts: Privacy, the Internet and You, to help young Canadians to better understand and navigate privacy issues in the online world.

The 12-page graphic novel – a first for our Office – is designed to appeal to tweens and younger teens.

Developed with feedback from youth, it tells the story of a brother and sister who learn (sometimes the hard way) about the privacy risks related to social networking, mobile devices and texting, and online gaming.

The graphic novel includes detailed black and white illustrations so it can be easily reproduced by educators and parents.

This is similar to the Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuard Online website.

You can download the comic here.