Civics for Kids: Freedom of Expression

Blog Post created by teachontarioteam on Apr 17, 2015

civics_6_459x353.jpgWe've teamed up with the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) to create civics scenarios to help kids, parents and teachers have conversations about civics-related issues. We encourage parents and teachers to take 15 minutes out of your day to tell kids a story and ask the questions below. There are no rules except to be open to everyone’s ideas and remember there are no right answers. Feel free to come up with your own questions, and please share what you learned in the comments below. In this installment of our series, we take a look at the right of freedom of expression guaranteed in the Charter, and whether it sometimes makes sense to limit that right.




Every year, our school puts on a play for the students, teachers, and family members. Alan's friend Clayton has always wanted to act in the school play, but he is very shy. This year Clayton finally tried out and got a part. Unfortunately, during the live performance, he was so nervous that he just stood there. The other kids were not very kind. Alan overheard some of them making fun of Clayton behind his back. Clayton asked Alan, "How did they like me?"