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Cyber Safety: Understanding Malware

This Resource helps teachers and students understand the dangers that online pirate sites pose to users and their devices.

Piracy is the illegal downloading or streamlining of films or TV shows – accessing them without paying. Apart from the impact on creative industries, which can be very significant, these websites are hotbeds for malware – a term that covers a range of ‘malicious’ software which can perform all sorts of harm, from stealing personal data, to hijacking computer functions to monitoring user activities without detection.

This resource:

  • Develops an understanding of Malware and the harm it can cause
  • Demonstrates the cyber safety problems associated with infringing websites
  • Helps students develop an understanding about the impact of content piracy on the creative industries
  • Teaches the importance of respecting copyright and the value of creative content

The fastest growing demographic amongst online pirates in Australia is teens aged 12-13. It is important for students to know that:

  • Infringing video streaming is the number one way to propagate malware on the internet.
  • Users of pirate websites are three times more likely to be exposed to hacking, viruses and malicious activity than on legitimate sites.
  • One out of every three infringing sites contains malware.

The objective of this lesson is to engage students and develop their understanding of malware and its link to pirate sites. It is important that students deepen their knowledge around malware as it very present in the lives of 21st century learners and can be harmful to their technology and their personal safety.

Developing an understanding of good digital citizenship is a key component of state and national curricula and respect for copyright online is part of being a good digital citizen.

By the end of this lesson students should be able to:

  1. Identify different types of malware and their effects on computers
  2. Understand the connection between pirate sites and the propagation of malware
  3. Identify the effects that pirate sites have on the wider creative industries
  4. Identify the connection between accessing legal content and appropriate digital behaviour.

The lesson modules are flexible and teachers can determine which to use and the order of the lesson.

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