Technology is a critical aspect of modern life. For students to become successful in integrating into society, it is imperative they have at lease basic knowledge in areas such as cyber security, safety and awareness.
Cyber security revolves around keeping your data, networks and online data secure from online attacks. In each educational faculty I have attended, as a student or pre-service teacher, students are given an education-based email address. One of the largest online threats I know of is phishing scams that show up in emails. During homeroom is a fantastic time in which I have seen teachers ensure students are learning how to use email effectively and securely.
While cyber awareness encompasses the knowledge we hold that affects the behaviours and attitudes we hold towards keeping our online information safe. This can be as simple as ensuring we are not providing social media platforms with enough personal information that strangers can commit identity theft. Cyber awareness is increasingly becoming embedded into our culture, which is why it is important teachers educate themselves on the latest practices so they can best inform students. Cyber safety refers to the safe and responsible use of technologies. Something as simple as ensuring students know to not save passwords on public computers and networks, to how to use VPN’s are ways in which teachers can have an influence on student’s online safety.
To put this teaching into the context of “real-world” application for students, here is a short video outline some future careers students could have that use cyber security. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AkuKKJ8dN0
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