Online security is the capability of recognizing online threats and knowing how to prevent them. This includes keeping personal information secure while avoiding malware and recognizing harmful or illegal content.

Cyber security is crucial for students who are increasingly online. They must be aware of the real risks to their privacy and security, such as cyberbullying or identity theft. They must also be aware of how reckless or careless Internet actions can result in serious consequences. A New Hampshire politician, for instance, was fired because he posted inappropriate pictures and comments on social media about his opponents.

Whether they’re shopping, gaming or chatting with friends, there are a variety of things that can go wrong. For instance, it’s simple to click on a malicious link within an email text message or online ads that can create a malware infection on a device. Once an embarrassing or offensive video, comment or image is published, it’s nearly impossible to remove it.

To help kids understand the importance of cyber safety, teachers can incorporate a variety of engaging activities into their classes. For example making students create digital comics about a situation that involves cyberbullying, or meeting someone in person that they have met online can spark discussions in the classroom on those subjects and promote critical thinking and media literacy skills. Additionally, creating a fake news article could be a useful way for students to practice their research and writing skills while learning about cyber safety.

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