INDUSTRY FOCUS AREA: All
VICTORIAN CURRICULUM LINKS: Ethical Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability
TECHNOLOGY USED: PC, iPads
Digital technologies have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. We live more and more of our lives online for school, work, and in our personal time. Through the world wide web, we can connect with people from across the world to spread information, play games, and share cat memes. We have the opportunity to be more connected than at any other time through history, creating whole new digital communities in which students can interact. However, with this connection also comes some challenges. While we consciously teach students to look both ways before crossing the road and not to talk to strangers, the same kind of safety advice if often overlooked for these online communities. Students need to understand how to be a positive contributor to these communities and how to keep themselves safe while online.
Who are you online? Why shouldn’t you use the same password for everything? Why does that Nigerian Prince need my help? These are all questions that will be explored through this program. Students will investigate the importance of secure passwords/passphrases, how to create them, and why they should be changed regularly. They will also understand their online brand and the importance of protecting this with regards to future employment with the knowledge that once something is online, it is online forever. Understanding the importance of managing personal data online and tools and techniques to stay protected online will also be covered through the program.
Career Links: these skills apply to all online interactions, in students’ school, work, and private lives.