weekly reflections – Week 3

Week 3 Topic: Digital Security
– are we safe?

Weekly reflection…
Digital Security goes far beyond the first thoughts of personal computer, internet security and credit card fraud. Sure, there’s Norton, AVG and a vast choice of virus and ad-ware software to choose from but it does not stop there. 11% of users have had personal information, bank account or credit card details stolen according to a study by Pew Research Center in 2013 (Rainie, et all, 2013).

Consider the global concern for tight security measures; health care records, BDMS, RMS, CCTV, and telecommunications, are to name just a few and becomes quite daunting the more we think about it.

This video I found on youtube by IBM is a very clever concept:


On the other side of the coin, concerned parents and educators keep a watchful eye over the increasing number of children using mobile digital technologies who are exposed to a different cyber-attack through social media – cyberbullies. Child ownership of mobile technology exposes the risk of bully’s and child offenders twenty four hours a day (Howell, 2014) and, has the greatest emotional and physical consequence of not practicing responsible behavior. There will never be an immunity to any kind of cyber-attack, however, understanding the significance of a safe digital citizenship we can lower the risk.

This link contains resourceful material for students, teachers and parents to learn what it takes to become a positive digital citizen: http://www.digitalcitizenship.nsw.edu.au/

Take a look at some ideas and stats to help reduce your visibility on line. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/09/05/what-strategies-do-you-use-to-protect-your-online-identity/


Howell, J., (February 27, 2014)., Living and Learning in the Digital World., (Mod01 04 topic 03)., Department of Education Training.  http://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/1636447f-aa10-42de-bec3-f6fe6f44932e

Rainie, L., et all., (September, 2013)., Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online.  Pew Research Internet Project. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/09/05/anonymity-privacy-and-security-online/

Discussion Board Learning Activity:
Choose one; scams, identity theft, cyberbullying, facebook; and reflect on a recent article.

Below is my weekly activity discussing the cowardly crime of cyber-bullying referencing to an article retrieved from SMH (March, 2014), discussing possible new laws for cyber bullies.

across every generation

The following charts illustrate the number of disciplinary actions taken on students which meet the definition of bullying.   Bullying, harassment and intimidation is an intentional written, verbal or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once.  The behavior causes either mental or physical harm to the other students and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.  The infractions were reported by teachers, students, and/or parents.



the two graphs above can be found at http://www.berne-union.k12.oh.us/Our_District                       

cyberbullying in every country


this research can be found at http://www.guardchild.com/cyber-bullying-statistics-by-country/international-cyber-bullying-statistics/

Following is an advertisement from March 11, 2014 regarding CyberBullying.  I wanted to attach the graphs above before the article to bring to everyone’s attention that Australia is not in this alone.  I found the global statistics very interesting, especially some results from the survey taken for K to grade 4.  These stats are 2 years old yes, but cyberbullying has been increasing, so the global graph percentages are most likely to be higher now.

The article below from the SMH announces the consequence the government would like to put into action against those who are caught cyberbullying at a more serious level.

There is poll for public opinion to participate on this serious matter that could change the laws of this country.

I completely agree with the article.  Cyberbullying can be the worst form of conflict and causes serious emotional depression that has led to suicide in the past.  Cyberbullying needs to be addressed in a harsh manner to control the trolls and bully’s that get an ego kick from hurting other people’s feelings and reputations.

Commonly called the cyber-slap, it is most popular amongst teenagers in this country who are at an age where they are vulnerable to false identities and lack of knowledge to better protect themselves.  The Australian Human Rights Commission has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Don’t let yourself, others, or your children be bullied! Report the incident and take security measures to minimize the chances of it happening again. 

from The Sydney Morning Herald:

Former chief justice Alastair Nicholson urges jail for cyber-bullying

National Technology News

Date  March 11, 2014

by  Jane Lee
Legal Affairs Reporter for The Age

Cyber-bullying should be a crime that carries a three-month prison sentence for the worst adult offenders, a former chief justice of the Family Court says.

The Abbott government invited public comment on a policy paper detailing its proposals to make children safer online in January, which included options for a new cyber-bullying offence for minors.

Alastair Nicholson, who is also the chairman of the National Centre Against Bullying, said repeat child offenders could be sentenced to a maximum three months’ detention, and three months’ prison in the case of adults.

He said he had met many parents and young people who had reported cyber-bullying to Victoria Police, but been turned away because it was not criminal.

He hoped that criminalising cyber-bullying would deter people from doing it. ”I don’t for a moment think the law’s going to cure it … but I do think in most areas the law does have a capacity to set boundaries.”

The Australian Human Rights Commission said in its submission that providing better education to students, parents and teachers and law enforcement agencies should be made.

Fairfax Media reported last week that Facebook, Twitter and Google had opposed a policy to remove ”harmful material” from social media sites as ”too cumbersome”.




British Suicide http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/08/21/british-teens-suicide-puts-cyber-bullying-back-in-spotlight/

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