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 do you think they should be taught?
Cyber Security – protecting digital assets from cyber attacks.
Cyber Awareness – understanding cyber threats and how to avoid them.
Cyber Safety – behaving safely when using ICT.
I implement both the explicit and implicit teaching of cyber awareness and cyber safety. This is generally basic in nature and mostly handled in a behaviour management way eg. “Don’t post inappropriate things in this noticeboard”, “Don’t give out passwords” etc. I also implement instruction in an ad hoc manner, not as a sustained lesson topic.
I think student would benefit from cyber awareness and cyber safety courses. Some of the schools I have been to have such courses, whether that be in school programs or externally run programs. Building students’ understanding of cyber security, while not an imperative, would definitely be beneficial to their overall knowledge base of the cyber “ecosystem”.
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