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 generally refer to the same concept. Despite being used interchangeably, these terms have a specific focus of their own. Cyber security is the practice of protecting computers, networks, programs and data from digital attacks. In other words, it means preventing your data from the viruses or being hacked. Cyber awareness is the knowledge, attitude and behaviours that aim to protect our information assets and students can be informed through education and policy. Finally, cyber safety is the safe and responsible use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT). This refers to the ethical behaviours students should adopt when they are in online spaces and using technologies.
It is crucial to educate students on cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety, even at a young age, because the world is becoming highly dependent on technology and a vast amount of data is shared among people in the cyber world. Children as young as infants are exposed to the technology and they become connected to it as they grow. They need to know that the data is still there in the cyber world even after they press the ‘delete’ – this allows them to carefully decide the information and media (the ability to discern between private and public information) they upload online and be wary of the things they come across with. Furthermore, they often engage with ICT that it is only right that they understand and anticipate the ugly side of the cyber world and learn to protect themselves from the possible dangers, creating a safe digital space for everyone. Additionally, teaching these to students may pique their interest in cyber security that could help overcome the shortage of cyber security experts as they step into the field.
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