Virus Bulletin 2005
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David Harley, Eddy Willems and Judith Harley: Teach Your Children Well: ICT Security and the Younger Generation; Virus Bulletin Conference Proceedings, 2005. Copyright is held by Virus Bulletin Ltd, but is made available on this site for personal use free of charge by permission of Virus Bulletin.
An article by Eddy Willems in the August 2004 edition of VB discussed his research into the security awareness of Belgian children. The authors have developed this theme by submitting a similar questionnaire to ICT pupils in the UK and using the results as a basis for an interactive presentation and discussion with several groups in the UK, and an assignment based follow-up with different groups was undertaken early in March 2005.
The paper is not intended as a completed formal study, but considers this presentation and the issues that came up in this preliminary research as a basis for further study and teaching tools. It also considers a range of resources in the area of child safety, learning, attitudes and behaviour as they affect and are affected by the use of information and communications technology, and the influence of the media, government, and the Internet itself. While the preliminary research has largely focused on malware and email abuse, we will also consider how these areas are connected with other technologies and areas of concern among parents and educators.