Unit 2

With technology becoming more prominent in our classrooms, children are inevitably at risk to falling victim to potential cybercrimes. This is why it is important, if not essential, that we provide the necessary information to our students in regards to conducting themselves safely online. Terms such as cyber security, cyber safety and cyber awareness are relatively associated with one another however each term is rather specific in its own meaning.

Cyber security encompasses the practice of protecting computer, networks, programs, and data from digital attacks through security design, security controls and protection security awareness and user behaviour.

Cyber safety refers to the safe and responsible use of Information Communication and Technologies, otherwise behaving as a good ‘Digital Citizen’ when interacting and collaborating in an online space and using technologies.

Cyber awareness is the understanding of the potential threats to safety and the knowledge and skills of users to avoid these threats.

Key differences are highlighted through the definition of each term. Cyber security involves the actual practice of protection against potential threats that may occur on your digital device; cyber safety is how you conduct yourself within an online environment; and cyber awareness is having the knowledge and understandings of how you can and what you need to protect yourself against potential threats online.

Cyber security education is vital as our child grow up in today’s digitalised world, and having this knowledge will allow them to confidently conduct themselves safely in online environments.


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