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Eleventh International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2017)
Title: Digital Wellness: Concepts of cybersecurity presented visually for children
Author(s): Sune von Solms
Keywords: Awareness, Books, Children, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness, Education
Abstract: From the minute that they are born, today’s children are exposed to cyber space. These children grow up in a world where games are played online, plans are made over social media, friends communicate via chat groups and Google is the source of all information for school projects. The digital world offers countless advantages for adults and children alike, but staying digitally safe should not only apply to adults paying their bills and doing online shopping. It is of critical importance to create awareness amongst children and young adults who are growing up using cell phones, tablets and computers. Unfortunately, education and awareness strategies and materials relating to cyber safety in South Africa are limited, which leads to children becoming increasingly more vulnerable to cyber-safety attacks. This paper presents the development of a children’s book, entitled “Digital Well-nests: Let us play in safe nests” which was designed to assist in the digital wellness of young children. This book provides a visual representation of key concerns relating to cyber safety aimed at children.
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