unit 2 – Quaestion 1

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 do you think they should be taught?

It is obvious that our lives are becoming more and more improved and modernized thanks to technological and digital advancement. It is also true that we seem to be greatly dependent on internet and wifi in various factors of life. Every day, a mass amount of data is created, collected and shared on the Internet. The more data we share, the more challenges and risks we have to face. Therefore, it is vital for each Internet users, especially for educators, to be aware of cyber security cyber awareness and cyber safety. In my opinion, there are several major differences among these three things and we, as smart users, should notice this in order to get better knowledge when we use internet daily.

From the course, it is known that Cyber security is the practice of protecting computers, networks, programs, and data from digital attacks through security design, security controls and protection, security awareness and users’ behaviours. In other words, cyber security is what are done in reality to save users’ computing devices like laptops, tablets or mobiles, networks, programs and data from attacking for illegal purposes. It can only be activated effectively if the users create, protect and use it. I, myself, often set a password to protect my facilities so that it cannot be accessed by anyone else without my permission and I can control the operation of my own facilities.

Everyone regardless ages and occupation play an important role in cyber security. They can be cyber security designers, those whose work is to maintain security and protection, cyber security awareness educators or specialists as well as digital tool users. It can be learnt that the responsibility of cyber security does not only lie on the cyber professionals but also in the awareness from the users.

Besides Cyber security, cyber safety (Internet safety, online safety or e-safety) is an other term which should be defined clearly. It is understood as the behavior of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) safely and responsibly. As digital tool users, we are practicing a number of things and ways to make sure we behave appropriately and safely online. For instance, we do not access, share or follow unreliable websites. It is better if we do not provide our confidential information online without knowing much about the safety of the websites.

An other important term is Cyber awareness. It is considered as the knowledge, attitude and behaviours which is aimed to protect our information assets. However, a big number of users who are not fully aware of the importance of cyber security. Therefore, education and policy plays an essential role in raising cyber awareness. These educational campaigns can be conducted at schools, workplaces or in the classrooms. In some cases, this should even be added to the school curriculum so that all learners can notice about that. Teachers need to understand and adopt practical ways to ensure the cyber security and set as models for students to follow. Only when teachers are confident about knowledge of cyber security and act responsibly and safety, can they help students foster their awareness of cyber security.

In my opinion, cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety should be added to the school plan and taught in class throughout visual demonstration like pictures, graphs, and videos with practical tasks (*one example of videos is enclosed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyQeUwqCDWg). Discussion in pairs, groups, teams or forums are also prefered. Teachers should create chance and situations in which students will perform their ideas and their ways they are doing and others will comment, discuss and give better solutions for these cases. An other stategy is that teachers can open a page or online groups for students to share and comment about the ways to better secure the data and information in the net. The teachers will summarize, consolidate and form a checklist about things students should do online to raise their awareness of e-safety and send it back to the sutdents. The parents and other specialists of cyber security are welcomed in this kind of groups so that they can give great sources of help apart from the teachers’ only. Additionally, the tasks given to learners should be based on real situations since “learning by doing” will help students have a better understanding of these keys terms. Last but not least, it will be better if the educators set up the cooperation and relationships with other partners so that systematical and effective curriculums, plans and projects can be introduced and applied in various ways. Extra activities such as competitions, games, quizzes of the topic are encouraged to give students in order to withdraw their wareness and responsibilities a large scale with great eagerness.




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