Online Safety is the ability identify online threats and to understand how to prevent them. This includes keeping personal information private while avoiding malware and recognizing harmful or illegal content.

Cyber security is crucial for students who increasingly spend their lives online. They must be aware that there are real risks to their security and privacy such as cyberbullying and identity theft. It is also important to know that careless or reckless Internet behavior can lead to serious consequences. A New Hampshire politician, for example, lost his job because he posted inappropriate photos and posts on social media about his opponents.

If they're gaming, shopping or chatting with friends there are many things that can go wrong. For instance, it's simple to click on a malicious link within an email text message, online advertisement that can cause a device to be infected with malware. Once an embarrassing or offensive photo, comment or video is uploaded, it's almost impossible to remove it.

Teachers can use a variety exciting activities to help kids understand more about cyber safety. Students can make a digital cartoon about the dangers of bullying or meet a person online in person to spark discussions in the classroom and build critical thinking and media literacy. In the same way, creating a mock news article can be a useful way for students to improve their writing and research skills while learning about cyber safety.

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