Unit 1: Online safety: What is it?


Online Safety: what is it?

With the advent of the Internet, the number of Internet users has grown multifold, and so have the security issues. When a computer is connected to the Internet and initiates communication with the rest of the computers that are connected, it is vulnerable to attacks by hackers, viruses and other malicious software programs that pose a threat to the computer’s safety.

The safety threats include losing user’s identities such as passwords to private accounts as in online banking or social security number, or credit card numbers. Besides user identities a user may lose files, hard disk space, and may lose important system files by accidentally opening email attachments.

In this unit, we will learn what is meant by security threat and what are some security threats while working online The lesson is taught using lecture notes, PowerPoint slides followed by discussions that focus on the main points of the lesson followed by a quiz to reinforce the objectives.

Unit Objectives

Upon completion of this unit, the participants will:

  1. Understand the concept of online safety
  2. Understand how computers connected to the Internet are susceptible to cyber/virtual attacks.



Presentation Slides



  1. Explain the steps taken to connect to the Internet.
  2. Discuss what online security is and why it is needed
  3. Discuss the uses of the Internet-
Brainstorm with the class about the different uses of the Internet. Ask each student to list as many different tasks they’ve performed using the Internet in the past week. Then go around the room and ask for volunteers to read their lists. Write the answers on the board, or a flip chart. Answers might include making purchases from online retailers, sending and receiving e-mail, reading an entertainment-oriented Web site, searching for a job through an online campus job board, or using Instant Messenger to communicate with friends.


Unit 1-Quiz


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