Unit 2 – Question 1

In my opinion, there are some differences between the three terms that should be highlighted.

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 user behavior.

Cyber safety (or internet safety, online safety, and e-safety) is the safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It’s the idea that we are to behave as good digital citizens when interacting and collaborating in an online space and using technologies. Cyber safety involves the knowledge and skills we can adopt to ensure we behave safely and responsibly online.

Cyber awareness is just as important as cyber security to understand the potential threats to safety and the knowledge and skills of users to avoid these threats.

Given the unprecedented development of digital technology in this day and age, the comprehension of three terms is of utmost importance for every user. According to my observation, a majority of students have early access to the Internet. However, not many of them are aware of potential challenges and risks they may face in the cyber world, such as cyberbullying, online harassment, hence failing to protect themselves when going online. Students, therefore, should be equipped with the fundamental knowledge of cyber safety, cyber awareness, and cyber security. To put it simply, in my classroom, I myself will teach my students how to behave appropriately on social media platforms, how to protect the information they divulge online — such as school names, email addresses, home addresses, and telephone numbers.

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