Chronicle of the 11th edition of the "Your data – Your concern" program
The implementation of the 11th edition of the nationwide educational program "Your data – Your concern" has come to an end. Despite the difficult time for all of us, which is still the COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to break new records.
Below we present a summary of the 11th edition of the program "Your data – Your concern"
419 schools and teachers vocational training centers have enrolled to participate in the program
Recruitment for the current edition of the "Your data – Your concern" program coincided with the inauguration of the 2020/21 school year - September 1st. From then on, and for the next few months, the Personal Data Protection Office accepted applications from schools and education institutions wishing to raise awareness of the protection of personal data and privacy, and to contribute to the success of the program. The article which promoted the program presents a series of educational tips that participants would receive in the future. "These will be short and useful tips, presented in an attractive graphic form, providing the knowledge needed to consciously use modern devices and computer programs, as well as mobile applications intended for learning and entertainment", announced Urszula Góral, Director of the International Cooperation and Education Department. Also, by publishing the video material, the 11th edition of the program was promoted.
As many as 2,564 teachers and 50,861 students took advantage of the program
Due to the pandemic prevailing in the country and all over the world, the traditional big opening, planned "live", i.e. with the participation of experts, teachers, school program coordinators and UODO experts, was not possible - the whole event moved to the Internet. On October 15-16, 2020, a two-part webinar was organized, thus inaugurating the 11th edition of the "Your data – Your concern" program. The first day of the event was devoted to clarifying the key issues related to the safe processing of personal data. The topics discussed by the UODO experts included both general issues of data protection law and the right to privacy, as well as more complex problems faced by educational institutions, because the speakers also took into account the issues reported to the Personal Data Protection Office by Data Protection Officers from the education sector. On the second day of the training, workshops were held, during which school representatives presented their own experiences related to participation in the program and presented selected educational initiatives carried out in their schools and educational institutions in previous years.
1,778 educational initiatives were implemented, including 614 on the occasion of the Data Protection Day
The 15th Data Protection Day was a great holiday, falling, as every year, on January 28th. On this occasion, Jan Nowak, the President of the Personal Data Protection Office, sent an open letter, addressed both to headmasters and teachers, as well as parents and students. Its content includes not only thanks for the preparation of numerous educational initiatives that schools have planned in connection with the upcoming Data Protection Day celebrations, but above all, it indicates the need to shape responsible behavior in the area of data protection and privacy among children and adolescents. “We should pay attention to what information we share about ourselves and others, especially in digital reality. Additionally, we should pay special attention to how our data is processed by other entities and let us use our rights regarding the protection of personal data. Personal data protection is the core of digital skills” - appealed the President of the Personal Data Protection Office, while emphasizing the key aspect of privacy protection, which are the right choices made that entail specific consequences.
Although the main point of the celebration was a scientific conference entitled "Real personal data protection in remote reality", during the 15th Data Protection Day, competitions for students and schools were also announced. The competition addressed to students consisted in the preparation of a mini-guide for parents entitled "Family life online and offline. Let's talk about the protection of personal data", in which the authors were to present, by means of a short and clear message, the principles of personal data protection. In the competition for schools, the best educational initiatives were selected, implemented as part of the current edition of the program, i.e. activities (classes, games, educational games, workshops) that serve to disseminate knowledge about the protection of personal data and the right to privacy among students and teachers. The results of the UODO competitions were announced on May 14th and 21st this year, respectively.
Webinars, knowledge pills and meetings ‒ popular forms of learning and exchanging information
"Personal data security during distance learning" - this is the topic of the online lecture prepared by the Personal Data Protection Office for the teachers of schools of various types. The webinar took place on March 11th, 2021 as part of the program initiated by the Education Office in Warsaw "React and support. Coalition for creating a safe distance learning environment”, which aims to support children and youth in distance learning by providing parents and teachers with knowledge useful in organizing a safe process of remote education.
April was a very intense month as regards educational activities carried out under the 11th edition of the "Your data – Your concern" program. The Personal Data Protection Office, together with the Warsaw Police Headquarters, organized a webinar "Digital safety of children and young people and responsibility" on April 9, also raising issues important in times of the pandemic. The meeting - although in the remote formula - was a great opportunity to present the principles of protecting our data on the Internet and the risks that the youngest must be aware of. This is another meeting in the series of open lectures at the Personal Data Protection Office, prepared with the Computer Assisted Education and Information Technology Centre in Warsaw.
However, in the second half of the month - April 28th - the Personal Data Protection Office conducted an online lecture entitled "The GDPR at the school desk. Processing of biometric data”, addressed only to directors and teachers of schools and educational institutions participating in the current edition of the program. The webinar discussed the key issues related to the processing of biometric data. Experts from the Personal Data Protection Office explained why special care should be taken when schools process personal data of children, which should be particularly protected. Based on the analysis of current cases as well as regulations and guidelines, they indicated what to pay attention to when processing biometric data.
Simultaneously with the webinars and trainings, from October to June, participants of the 11th edition of the "Your data – Your concern" program received educational advice from the "Good to know" series. The UODO's experience in the implementation of the previous edition of the program contributed to this action, when as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last school year, learning was partially conducted in the form of distance learning. The prepared advice concerned the security of personal data in the virtual world, and focused on the most common and popular applications among children and schoolchildren. In addition to the knowledge pills about Snapchat or Instagram, the following topics were also presented: "10 principles of privacy protection when installing applications", "With a few clicks we can reduce our visibility on the web" and "Data leakage and privacy protection on the web". The series of advice was appreciated and approved by the program participants.
Looking through the calendar, it is impossible not to mention the cooperation of the Personal Data Protection Office with the Radom Teacher Training Center and other such institutions from all over Poland. The cooperation was evidenced by a series of three meetings, inspired and coordinated by the Radom Teacher Training Center, during which representatives of teachers vocational trainingcentershad the opportunity to exchange experiences and good practices regarding the "Your data – Your concern" program. The goals and assumptions of cooperation were discussed. Participation in the organized event allowed not only to exchange experiences, but also inspired to undertake further noteworthy activities.
Even the pandemic did not prevent the preparation of many competition entries
The results of the UODO competitions announced at the beginning of the year were presented in the spring. The competition committee, consisting of the Director of the International Cooperation and Education Department and employees, on May 14th, 2021, selected the winners of competitions for students of schools participating in the 11th edition of the "Your data – Your concern" program. The competition task was to prepare a guide for parents entitled "Family life online and offline. Let's talk about the protection of personal data. "The honorable 1st place was won by Franciszek Wasiak from Władysław Jagiełło Primary School No. 9 in Kutno, author of a valuable video guide.
A week later, on May 21st, 2021, the Commission announced the winners of a competition for schools to raise awareness of the right to privacy and the protection of personal data. Educational institutions could present there educational initiatives implemented this school year in connection with participation in the current edition of the UODO educational program. The winning - out of 14 others - initiative was carried out by the Adam Mickiewicz Primary School No. 4 from Lublin on the Data Protection Day involving special educational activities during the Polish language lessons "DODO Agency - mythological intervention", during which students solved a detective puzzle. In addition to themes from Greek mythology, the students had to play with issues related to the protection of personal data. It was the Lublin "four" that was awarded to the "Golden Pen", that is the statuette of the President of the Personal Data Protection Office.
When it was time to give awards in competitions, organized in a traditional form, representatives of the Personal Data Protection Office first went to Kutno. The laureates - Primary School No. 9 and its student, Franciszek Wasiak - received the awards on June 8th. During the ceremony, Mirosław Sanek, Deputy President of the UODO, emphasized the importance of educating children about threats in cyberspace. “It is also up to teachers and parents to foster a data protection culture. I want to thank you very much for that. It is thanks to you that children are more aware of the dangers of navigating the virtual world, in cyberspace,” added Mirosław Sanek.
Let us recall that Primary School No. 9 won the second place in the competition for schools for the educational initiative "Our data, our concern" (online seminar for students, parents and teachers).
The second stop was Lublin. There, Adam Mickiewicz Primary School No. 4 on June 21st, was honored with the "Golden Pen" statuette of the President of the UODO for the best educational initiative, implemented as part of the 11th edition of the "Your data – Your concern" educational program. Awarded Polish language lesson "DODO Agency - mythological intervention" also won a competition for schools and educational institutions. The initiator and author of the lesson plan is Ms Joanna Hałoń-Gnutek, teacher and program coordinator at the school.
The remaining special awards for educational initiatives were presented in June. Among the winners were: Primary School No. 360 from Warsaw, Radom Teacher Training Center, Primary School Complex and Kindergarten from Ilkowice, Primary School No. 17 from Rzeszów and Special Education Center, First Degree Industry Special School No. 1 from Zamość. The ceremonies were held in Warsaw, at the seat of the Personal Data Protection Office - while maintaining the sanitary regime.
Let's present the "Your data – Your concern" program in numbers. These, as mentioned at the beginning, are truly record-breaking: 419 schools and teacher training centers participating in the program, 4,482 trained teachers and 2,564 involved in its implementation, and 50,861 students participating in the program. 1,778 educational initiatives were implemented, including 614 on the occasion of the Data Protection Day. Teachers conducted 4,398 lessons on the personal data protection.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the remote model of study and work, the above data is something that we are proud of. We are very pleased that You took part in the 11th edition of the nationwide educational program "Your data – Your concern", contributing not only to breaking records, but above all promoting a culture of personal data protection and privacy.
The list of implemented educational initiatives is available on the Polish website.