Just as we have a personal identity in the real world, we also maintain one in cyberspace, consisting of our characteristics, digital history and other details. Our digital is “An online or networked identity adopted or claimed in cyberspace by an individual, organisation or electronic device” (Techopedia, 2016). Just as personal security and privacy are major areas of concern in the real world, they are also dangers in the digital world.
We leave a digital trail when we take action online, whether it be a financial transaction, checking our email or registering for a product and it contains our personal data – who we are, what we like and what we do (Himmelsbach, 2015). This makes digital security a major issue as there are real threats to our digital identities such as credit card thefts, stolen passwords and identity theft. They aren’t just a minor concern as they affect everyone, from individuals to companies to entire nations (Shipley, 2014). As digital technologies become more interwoven into our lives and more daily functions are transferred online, it becomes essential for us to secure our identities online as well.
As educators, if we are to utilize online resources in our teaching strategies it would be necessary to be able to keep the digital identities of the students safe. Educators need to be responsible for protecting their students’ data, filter and monitor any access shared by the students, maintain secure networks (Generation Safe, 2016). They can also educate and raise awareness amongst their students about the need for security and how to achieve and maintain it independently. Educators should teach them to secure their digital devices, secure their data and also back it up, teaching them the ethics and responsible behaviours expected of them online (Generation Safe, 2016; Victoria State Government, 2015).
With our daily lives so intertwined with the digital world it has become essential not just to secure our identities and security in the physical world, but also online as well. To do this we must raise awareness the importance of safety to those whom we educate and also make sure that we operate safely in an online environment.
Cybersafety in Schools
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Victoria State Government. (2015). Safe and Responsible Use of Digital Technologies. Retrieved from http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/Pages/safeandrespons ibleuse.aspx