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?
**Some of the key differences between cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety:
Cyber awareness, Cyber safety and cyber security are related and involve online safety. But they have important differences. Cyber awareness refers to the level of awareness and understanding end users have about cybersecurity best practices and the cyber threats that their networks or organizations face everyday.
Cyber safety responsible for protecting people when they are online and cyber security involves protecting information and keeping it safe, secure from hackers and other malicious parties.
Cyber safety uses technology to help protect the physical and emotional well-being of students, faculty, and staff on campus. These tools focus on protecting students from viewing explicit or violent content on school networks and computers, and from bullying and other inappropriate behavior. These tools monitor domains and content through filters to keep students safe and will alert teachers or staff when intervention is necessary.
Cybersecurity protects school technology infrastructure, such as networks, computers, cloud applications, and data from cyber attacks. Think hackers getting personal information like social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, etc… There are many reasons why schools need cybersecurity. It protects students and staff information from identity theft and secures information that districts are held liable for, such as health information covered under HIPAA.
Cybersecurity also ensures classroom continuity. When a school’s network goes down due to hacking, such as a denial of service attack, teachers and students can’t access their materials stored in the cloud. Sometimes this may only last minutes, but in some cases can last days.
**To what extent are you teaching these in the classroom or do you think they should be taught?
Teaching young children about cybersecurity, cyberawareness and cyber safety at school is really important because hackers and fraudsters are increasingly targeting children, who are now using technology at an earlier age. There are basic lessons children need to learn early in life to ensure their safety such as Look both ways before crossing the street; Wear seatbelts; Avoid talking to strangers; Beware of hackers and cyber creeps.
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