Option 1: 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?
Cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety are three distinct focuses of eSafety, whilst they do tend to overlap, in my opinion there are some key differences:
- The key focus of cyber security is about protecting the technology; that is – the computers, networks, programs, data and so forth.
- The key focus of cyber awareness is about protecting personal information (relating to identity, finances, health and so on). This is done through education, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.
- The key focus of cyber safety is protecting personal safety – collaborating and participating online responsibly and ethically.
As a pre-service teacher I am not currently teaching these concepts in classrooms. However, I do think they should be taught (age appropriately) in all educational settings. According to research, approximately 81% of 2-5 year olds use the internet, mostly through devices, and 97% of children under 15 can access the internet via devices freely. eSafety is everyone’s responsibility, (parents, teachers, community etc) and by educating children to be secure, aware, and safe whilst online, educators can spend more time focusing on the creative, computational, conceptual thinking that technology can provide.
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