Unit 2 – Task 1
- 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 extent do you think they should be taught and why?
Cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety are all interwoven and have overlapping characteristics, but each one is different in how they work to protect your personal information and identity online. The key differences are practice, knowledge, and wisdom. Cyber security is the practice of protecting computers and programs from digital attacks. This is usually done using software protection programs or professionals who understand the behaviour of these attacks and know how to combat them. Cyber awareness is knowledge and can help students and learners identify different security programs that can protect them and their data. Cybersafety requires wisdom and student who practice cyber safety must be cyber aware and use this knowledge to use technology safely and responsibly. These are important things to teach children and should be a required small course that children must complete before they can use the computers extensively on school grounds. Students who do cannot identify these attacks are more likely to use technology in an unsafe manner that would expose them to threats online. It is also important for students to understand the effect that these attacks can have on other people to ensure that students who think being a cyber-criminal is ‘cool’ understand what their behaviour can lead to and how it can affect others.
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