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Explain what you think are some of the key differences between cybersecurity, cyber awareness and cyber safety. To what extent are you teaching these in the classroom or to what extent do you think they should be taught and why?
Cybersecurity, awareness, and safety are all interrelated yet cover slightly different aspects of a bigger picture. Cybersecurity often refers to protective measures created by professionals that are more ‘behind the scenes’. This covers all of the underlying programs and networks that keep everyone safe from cyber attacks. Cyber awareness refers to the knowledge and ideas we have towards the internet and its’ uses and how we can protect our own personal information and reduce our vulnerability to internet hackers. Cybersafety refers to how we use our internet in an everyday context and how we can act responsibly on the internet.
I believe all aspects should be taught in classrooms. Currently, I think there is a larger focus on cyber safety but a lesser focus on the other aspects, from observation. I believe that if students are taught the integration of these three elements, they will have a better awareness as to the importance of them protecting themselves and their data. In my short experience of teaching, I have witnessed school environments where parents have provided students with access to phones and smartwatches but without proper education on how to safely use them. By increasing the awareness amongst both students and parents of the dangers of the internet in their classroom, teachers and schools can help prevent events like social conflicts/bullying, data breaches, and other criminal activity that can occur through internet connections.
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