Unit 2: Task
- 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 focuses on using science and technology systems to protect hardware (such as computers), programs, data and networks. Cyber awareness is about developing personal knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and understanding to protect our assets and information. Cyber safety is about being careful with devices and tools, collaborating safely and responsibly, sharing thoughtfully and applying a code of ethics to make digital technology a safe setting for all.
It is vital that these skills are taught as part of the everyday curriculum to ensure students are provided with every opportunity to learn how to navigate the digital world effectively and safely. Students need to know the tools, skills and knowledge to protect themselves and others when using digital technology. Whenever students are online they are at risk of viewing/engaging with illegal downloads, accidently disclosing their personal information, file sharing, cyberattacks and cyber bullying. In the Australian Curriculum Information and Communication Technology is a General Capability. Skills from cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety are all covered and explicitly taught as part of the Information and Communication Technology Capability learning continuum.
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