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 extent do you think they should be taught and why?
Cyber security refers to digitalized ways to keep your data and information safe online, including firewalls, passwords, and virus protectors.
Cyber awareness involves becoming aware of the risks of using the internet, such as becoming aware of what information is ok to share and what is not, who to share different information with, and how to interact with media safely.
Cyber safety is similar to cyber awareness, but putting these things into action, such as putting passwords on your accounts and changing them occasionally to keep yourself protected, privatising your social media so only those you trust can see the media you share, and being cautious who you speak to online.
In an increasingly digitalized world, these ideas are all incredibly important to discuss in the classroom. Junior primary students can be introduced to who to talk to online and what to do when they are unsure of their cyber safety, whilst older students can explore more in-depth about cyber bullying, posting private information online, privatising their social media, and what media they can share online. These topics should be taught in-depth, and can be explored in varying topics, such as when posting information online for an English project.