- 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 is:
Learning about ways and practices that help to keep our digital devices such as computers, mobile phones and data from cyber-attacks (e.g. hacking of personal data).
Whereas cyber awareness means:
Being equip with the knowledge and awareness to protect our personal assets from potential digital threats.
On the other hand, cyber safety is:
The ability to use communication devices in an online space safely and responsibly.
In my opinion, I feel that cyber awareness, cyber security and cyber safety should be widely taught in the classroom. In this modern era, children have easy access to the Internet and digital applications. Therefore, teachers should spread the necessary knowledge and skills needed for children to use technology devices safely. They should be taught to be aware of the underlying risks while being online. For example, students should know how their digital data are stored and ways they could protect them.
As children are increasingly targeted in cyberattacks, they should be educated with basic cybersecurity skills so to protect themselves from cyberthreats automatically. Simultaneously, teachers should model and teach cyber safe behaviours so that children practice these behaviours at a young age. For instance, children should refrain from responding to unusual advertisements, websites and strangers online.
As cyberattacks are no longer just concerns for governments and companies, the school plays a crucial role to include these cybersecurity basics in the curriculum. These basics aim to increase cyber awareness in both adults and children. Children should know how to protect their technological devices and be a responsible digital users when navigating online.
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