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News Video: Weekly Topics for Discussion
Common Core State Standard
L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
News Video for: 05/25/2020

UN warns cybercrime is up 600% during pandemic

The United Nations warned last week that cybercrime is up 600% as internet use has grown sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's estimated there's an attack every 39 seconds. Many have been against health care and medical research facilities. Earlier this month, U.S. and U.K. officials warned that hackers are targeting organizations with phishing scams to steal usernames and passwords. Some attacks have been blamed on military intelligence.

Class discussion: Have you been spending more time online during the pandemic? What do you do to protect yourself and your personal information online? Do you know how hackers use “phishing” to trick users into giving up passwords or other information to invade their computer systems? Which nations do you think are involved in computer espionage? Russia? China? United States? All nations? Do we need new laws to protect our online privacy?

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