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 includes protecting computers, programs, data and networks through the use of computer science technology. This can include applying innovations and secure technology such as biosecurity and encryption and strong testing procedure.
Cyber awareness includes developing your own knowledge to inform your behaviour around protecting information and personal data. This can include being aware of the dangers and threats on the internet, having strong passwords and being aware of what we post and share on the internet and how it is permanent.
Cyber safety is the responsible use of ICT technology and that everyone acts as a good ‘digital citizen’ when online. Cyber safety includes the skills and knowledge we have to act safety on the internet.
So far in my university placements I have not explicitly taught these concepts yet. I do believe they are very important aspects of the curriculum and should be thoroughly taught in primary school. As the world is becoming increasingly digital and online, particularly in recent months due to COVID, it is vital that students are taught how to appropriately and safely use digital technologies. Furthermore, students should know the differences between cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety and what they can do to keep themselves safe. Digital technologies and ICT curriculum can also be address through whole school policies and programs.
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