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Unit One – If ideas were lightbulbs
Aimed at 10 – 11 year olds, this unit explores intellectual copyright as symbolised metaphorically and literally by the light bulb. In this teaching resource the focus is on copyright, which is the type of intellectual property with which children most frequently engage.

Unit two – Its my idea
Aimed at 11 – 12 year olds this unit encourages students to explore the factors that inform individual behaviour and personal morality, as well as looking beyond their own experiences to consider alternative points of view, leading students to a better understanding of creative activity and the links to intellectual property.

Unit three – It’s a Fake
Aimed at 12 – 13 year olds, this unit builds on young people’s awareness of brandingand aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the reasons why fake products are produced, where they might be sold and what problems might be associated with them.

Unit four – Rights For artists
Aimed at 13 – 14 year olds this unit focuses on teen culture, exploring the issues young people should be aware of when downloading digital files, including music, still images and film.

Unit five – It’s free
Aimed at 14 – 15 year olds, this unit encourages students to think about creative industries within their own country and from an international perspective, considering the ways in which they use the internet and their attitudes towards their own rights whilst also stressing their responsibilities towards artists and the creative industries.

Off-line – printable version 
All 5 units are available as an offline printable resource.