Internet Safety - Course
- What is internet safety about?
- What's in the qualification?
- How is it assessed?
- Where can I study this course?
Internet safety is about the safe and legal use of the internet. The internet is used by lots of people, of all ages, for lots of purposes – ranging from chatting to friends to booking a holiday – and the use of the internet is growing at a rapid pace. But there are risks involved in using the internet. These risks include: unwanted e-mail, online fraud, identity theft, child grooming and viruses. There are numerous media reports about abuses and new threats are emerging all of the time. A large survey carried out by Ofcom highlighted these two trends (growing use of the internet, accompanied by increased threats to personal safety) and emphasised the lack of awareness about potential threats.
So internet safety means knowing about potential threats when you are online; knowing what you can and cannot (legally) do when you are online; and knowing how to protect yourself from some of the risks that are involved in using the internet.
The qualification is very straight-forward. It consists of a single National Unit at SCQF level 4 (Intermediate 1). The Unit is entitled: 'Internet Safety'. There are four outcomes:
- Identify threats that can exist when using the internet.
- Describe safety precautions which should be taken when using the internet.
- Describe legal constraints which apply when using the internet.
- Take appropriate safety precautions and operate within relevant legal constraints when using the internet.
The threats covered include identity theft, cyber-bullying, grooming, phishing and pharming.. Advice is provided on how best to combat these threats such as how to set-up virus protection and firewalls, and how to recognise online fraud.
There are two assessments – one covering knowledge and one covering skills.
- The knowledge assessment consists of 25 multiple choice questions to assess students' knowledge of internet safety (such as the meaning of words or how to avoid certain threats).
- The practical assessment involves maintaining a diary (or a blog) to describe student activities and demonstrate how they protected themselves.
£110 - funding may be available using your ILA entitlement.
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