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?
Even though cybersecurity, cyber awareness, and cyber safety are closely interlinked with one another, they are some differences and variations among them.
Cyber safety, also known as internet safety in simple terms, refers to the safe and responsible usage of IT (information technology) so that we can keep all our important data away from potential hackers. Additionally, cyber safety also means the proper usage of technology, such as being respectful when being online and following the “online etiquette” when talking to friends online. Cyber safety is important because it equips us with the skills and knowledge we need in order to stay safe on the Internet.
Cybersecurity helps to protect our personal sensitive data that we have online, such as our personal identifiable information (PII) as well as intellectual property, and only allows authorized personnel to have access to them. Cybersecurity, or information technology security defends electronic devices such as tablets, mobile phones and other electronic systems from malicious virus attacks. Cybersecurity is important because it prevents cyber-attacks and cybercrimes from happening which might result in us losing all our private data such as our credit card details and bank account passwords.
Cyber awareness is when people are taught about cyber-attacks and how it will affect their personal data and information. It is important for people to be cyber aware because they might be at risk of getting their email account hacked or be a victim of identity theft.
I feel that it is very important to teach children about staying safe online (cybersecurity, cyber awareness, and cyber safety) because children are very vulnerable when it comes to the internet since they are not familiar with it. Hence as educators, we have the responsibility to guide them along, so they do not fall prey to internet scams or even victims of cyber bullying.
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