Week 3 Topic: Digital Security

Week 3 Topic: Digital Security .

This week we will build on the ideas we explored last week with digital identities and investigate digital security. We often hear in the media stories about people who have had their identities stolen, but what does this actually mean? We define this and look at a couple of examples of extreme identity theft. We will also need to examine some of the hot topics associated with security such as scammers and the growing issue of cyber bullying. We all carry some sort of mobile device and these actually play an important role in digital security – are we more or less secure now? Can we ever be safe in a digital world? All really interesting topics and questions and they usually spark a lot of debate and discussion so be prepared to speak up!

This week there is no chapter of the textbook to read, instead you have a blog posting to read and a short video to watch.


The reading this week is Digital Trends.



Don’t get hacked – secure your digital identity


The lecture video

This week’s tasks:

The  tasks for this week are:

  • Focus on one of these four topics: scams, identity theft, cyber bullying or Facebook. Find a recent news article that highlights issues that may arise from your chosen topic. Present a brief summary of the news article, along with some points about how the issues may be avoided (or unavoidable) either as a reflection or using a Web2.0 tool.
  • Tweet a warning message and link to your news article using the hashtag #LLiDWOUA and your group (e.g. #Groupx). Check out a few other student warnings by viewing your group Visibletweet. Post any reflective thoughts to the DB.

This week you have explored several new topics. Review some of these experiences and see if you can answer these questions:

  1. Can you define the following concepts? Scammers; Identity theft; Cyberbullying
  2. How can we make ourselves safe against scammers?
  3. Who typically pushes out scams?
  4. How prevalent is the issue of cyberbullying?
  5. How can we educate our students about these issues?




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Living and Learning in the Digital World; Teaching in a Digital World; Information and Communication Technology

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