Cyber Security is the protection of networks, programs, and data. Keeping computer systems secure may include the use of encryption and additional data systems to ensure this information is not inappropriately accessed. Cyber security systems must be tested, and regularly updated. For students, teaching about cyber security should aim to build Cyber Awareness. Cyber awareness is how much we know about how our behaviours and information is displayed and stored online. In being aware of how our data is collected and used, and in knowing that the development of strong passwords and use of multi-factor identification help with personal security, we become better able to use the internet safely. Cyber Safety is then ensuring that we are acting in a responsible way online. This may include being wary of who we’re communicating with and how, but it also includes the accurate referencing of source materials and being respectful in the way that we communicate online.
I’m training to become a psychology teacher, and including the concepts of cyber security, awareness, and safety in the classroom holds two key benefits. First, in running experiments and surveys students are tasked with collecting personal data. Teaching students about what they need to consider when storing this information is an important ethical consideration in conducting research. Secondly, the accurate referencing of sources, and knowing how to determine whether the information students are presented with online is reliable or not is an important skill. With the popularity of platforms like Instagram and tiktok, there is a large amount of anecdotal information about human behaviour, disorders, and psychological phenomenon available to students. Teaching about cyber awareness and safety can be done in a way that helps students separate information from entertainment online.
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