Understanding Young People’s Experiences of Cybersecurity

Nicholson, James, Terry, Julia, Beckett, Helen and Kumar, Pardeep (2021) Understanding Young People’s Experiences of Cybersecurity. In: The 2021 European Symposium on Usable Security, 11th - 12th October 2021, Online. (In Press)

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Young people are increasingly becoming responsible for the security of their devices, yet do not appear to have the knowledge to protect themselves online. In this paper, we explore young people’s knowledge of cybersecurity through a series of workshops with secondary school children, and co-design cybersecurity lessons aimed at engaging this demographic. We find that technical demonstrations are an effective way of engaging young people’s curiosity in the subject, and that group activities aimed at exploring the subject are preferred methods. We also find that while knowledgeable about cybersecurity theory (e.g. passwords), their actual behaviours did not reflect best practice. We discuss the role of schools in cybersecurity education and how to best embed this content in the curriculum to maximise the engagement of students, including a focus on teaching about cybersecurity protective tools.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The 2021 European Symposium on Usable Security, EuroUSEC 2021 ; Conference date: 11-10-2021 Through 12-10-2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: children, cybersecurity, digital citizenship curriculum
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2021 11:17
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 12:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46986

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