Unit 2: Task:
Explain what you think are some of the key differences between cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety. To what extent are you teaching these in the classroom or to what extend do you think they should be taught and why?
While these terms can be mistakenly interchanged more often than we realise, there are key differences between cyber security, cyber awareness, and cyber safety. Cyber security is the practice of protecting computers, networks, and data from outside attacks. This can include firewalls, upskilling individuals, and performing maintenance on existing systems. Cyber awareness is an individual’s capabilities, knowledges, attitudes, and behaviours concerning the protection of our data and online identities. Practices such as maintaining up-to-date policies and procedures, creating strong passwords and changing them often, and building an understanding of the permanent nature of data once it reaches the internet are all encompassed by cyber awareness. Cyber safety is all about ethical, safe, and responsible use of data and the internet in practice. Responsible sharing of information, applying a code of ethics, and maintaining your safety and the safety of others while online are the bare bones of cyber safety.
These practices should be implemented smoothly into any class work that involves the use of data and the internet in the classroom. Students will develop these skills through explicit instruction from teachers first, then they will gain a self efficacy toward the concepts and be able to practice and develop those skills themselves.
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