Question: 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 refers to how highly skilled individuals design and maintain technology and systems to protect computers, networks, data and devices from digital attacks.
Cyber awareness refers to the knowledge and behaviours of individuals as they aim to protect their information, data and assets. This can be seen in strong passwords, two factor authentication, cyber-attack awareness as well as data awareness. A critical factor in this subarea is helping students to understand that online data is permanent.
Cyber safety refers to the safe use of technologies. For example, avoiding plagiarism by citing original authors/sources appropriately. Considering how and what is shared and with whom. Applying safety settings to devices especially shared devices. Remaining mindful of behaving in an ethical way online and when using digital technology.
These three interrelated areas are critical for students. Empowering students to engage with digital technologies with confidence through education in these sub areas can assist students in assessing and managing risks; and is clearly established through the Australian Curriculum. Effective classroom teachers will have these key areas embedded in their digital literacy instruction.
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