Q1. Cyber security is the act of protecting computers, digital devices and applications within from cyber-attacks; whereas cyber awareness is to gain an understanding of the risks associated with using digital technology. Additionally, cyber awareness is knowing how to prevent or limit the risks of an attack from occurring. Cyber safety is the appropriate use of computers and digital technologies to maintain a secure online profile. The use of strong passwords, privacy settings and being responsible with what information you access, and post online are few examples of how to ensure cyber safety.
Q2. To introduce networking to students, I would break the students into small groups and supply each group with a copy of same roadmap. Students will have to work together and ‘travel’ through different towns in order to find the correct path that leads them to their final destination. Once each group has finished, all the roadmaps would be collected and the class as a whole would discuss the similarities between the activity and computer networks. The towns would be represented as nodes and each road between towns would signify links.
The link above takes you to the ‘Cybersmart Detective’ classroom resource. I particularly like this video as it has questions throughout, which gives teachers an option to click pause and have a class discussion. This video addresses bullying, lack of cyber awareness, cyber security and cyber safety, and demonstrates first-hand consequences of putting personal information online. Cyber awareness, cyber security and cyber safety tips all features towards the end of the video to give students a deeper understanding of how to create a safe and responsible social media platform.
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