Australia proposes to teach cybersecurity to 5-year-old kids. In the revised draft of the national curriculum for children between the age of five to sixteen, education on cybersecurity was retained even though some other material was removed from the national curriculum.
In the new national curriculum a new strand titled “Considering privacy and security” was added. This will involve students in developing appropriate techniques for managing personal data and effectively implementing security protocols.
Australian kids first attend school at the age of 5, which means they will learn about not sharing personal information such as date of birth, full names, etc with strangers and consult their parents or guardians before sharing personal information online, at a very early age.
While children from age six and seven will be taught to keep their usernames and passwords secure and the hazards of clicking popup links to competitions.
The kids on reaching third and fourth grade will learn to identify the personal data stored by online services and how it can reveal their location or identity. The students will be taught to use nicknames and why it is important while playing online games.
By the time the kids reach primary school, they will learn to be respectful online. This means they will be respectful while responding to other people’s opinions even if they were different from their own.
The new curriculum for Australia withheld the 2015 decision to spread digital technology across other subjects. In Spite of the early drafts calling for classes dedicated to coding the decision was made. The decision to conduct coding classes as the teachers lacked skills and the school had no resources to enact the plan.
Nearly 20 percent of the old curriculum has been removed as a response to the allegation of it being too crowded. Hence it is noteworthy cyber skills to be suggested as an addition, though we don’t know if it will survive the consultation process also launched yesterday.
The Federal Government of Australia develops the country’s national curriculum which does not operate any schools. While the State and Territory governments can choose to go with the national curriculum or develop their own.