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Human Right Number Twelve

The Right to Privacy

Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a good reason.

Discussion Topics

Almost everyone has experienced a violation of the Right to Privacy. Discuss times they have had this happen to them or seen it happen to another. (Can you think of an example of that? Have you ever observed that?)


What is gossip? (Chatter with no helpful purpose about other people and their personal matters when they are not present, especially using false or incomplete data to embarrass the person or make them seem less.) Ask for examples of how gossip harms someone’s good name. 


Discuss how trust can be a part of The Right to Privacy. For example, if a friend tells them a secret they are then trusted with keeping their friends right to privacy. 


Tell the students to think of a book or a movie they have seen in which one of the rights just discussed was violated. Have them re-tell the story as it could have turned out had the abused character down or learned his human rights. 


For example, in the story of Cinderella, her stepsisters and stepmother violated her right to privacy. Students can tell or act out a scene where Cinderella learns she has rights and so the story changes. (How does it change? How do the characters change? What does Cinderella do about her rights?)

Important Note

Resist the temptation to play all 30 human rights videos at this point. Save those for each meeting that follows. Carry out the activities and let your students’ own visions of the 30 human rights materialize as the lessons unfold, one at a time.


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