ERIC Number: EJ1043142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Bringing the Cybersecurity Challenge to the Social Studies Classroom
Berson, Michael J.; Berson, Ilene R.
Social Education, v78 n2 p96-100 Mar-Apr 2014
Educators have been increasingly sensitized to the role of schools in developing students' cyberethics, cybercitizenship, and cybersafety, which have emerged as one of the most pressing and yet unexplored areas of education. The Department of Defense has identified challenges to cybersecurity infrastructure as a significant risk for the nation's security and economic viability. Initial responses include developing and expanding the cybersecurity workforce, and engaging experts in the content areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to recruit and prepare experts to work with corporations and government entities to refine technological solutions. Events in recent years have confirmed the nation's vulnerability, and significant breaches in cybersecurity that could affect critical U.S. infrastructure have been seen. One of the major national goals outlined to confront this shortfall consists of strengthening the cybersecurity environment by expanding cyber education. This initiative recognizes that "existing cybersecurity training and personnel development programs, while good, are limited in focus and lack unity of effort. In order to effectively ensure our continued technical advantage and future cybersecurity, we must develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce and an effective pipeline of future employees." So what does this mean for the social studies classroom and curriculum? The social sciences are central to the capacity of a nation to defend itself. Moreover, given the ubiquity of computer networks and our reliance as a society on their integrity and robustness, the quality of cybersecurity is an issue that affects everyone's interests. To help teachers develop linkages between the core disciplines of social studies and readily available cybersecurity resources, the authors suggest two specific inquiry-based class activities, which are detailed in a sidebar within this article.
Descriptors: Bullying, Computer Mediated Communication, School Role, School Safety, Social Studies, Coding, Law Enforcement, Privacy, Crime, Computer Security, History, Government Role, Armed Forces, Maps
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