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School Children! A Security Aware Generation?
Littlejohns JWG, Clarke NL
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security 6, ISBN: 978-1-84102-258-1, pp206-211, 2009
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Everyone has personal data that they wish to keep private from other individuals. Young people are the same; they also have bank accounts, telephone numbers and identities that can be stolen. This publication looks at the current levels of information security awareness amongst pre-university students – how they store and share their information, how they are trained in information security and how aware they feel of their own security. Using quantitive (online survey) and qualitative (focus groups) methods, this investigation indicates that young people are not always clued up on the issues surrounding the safety of their personal data even when they believe that they are. The results also imply that young people could be made to think more about what they actually know rather than what they think they know.

Littlejohns JWG, Clarke NL