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Analysing the Extent that Children are Made Aware of Internet Security Issues Within UK Schools
Richardson BA, Furnell SM
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security 5, ISBN: 978-1-84102-257-4, pp293-302, 2008
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Home computer users are increasingly becoming vulnerable to the threats of the Internet. One major reason for this is a lack of crucial security awareness amongst the older generation. Considering that children learn many life issues from their parents, the question has to be asked, how safe are their children? This paper presents results from a survey of 71 ICT school teachers about the teaching of security aspects in secondary schools; their awareness of the issues; and their views on responsibility and the National Curriculum. The findings reveal that there is a void in the curriculum with regards to computer security, which teachers are fully aware of. In addition, teachers lacked awareness of specific security issues resulting in an inadequate level of information being provided. There is a brief discussion about the current curriculum review regarding the proposed amendments and who it will affect. Moreover, suggestions are made as to whether the review is likely to be sufficient.

Richardson BA, Furnell SM