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Third International Conference on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2009)
Title: Risk Culture Influences in Internet Safety and Security
Author(s): Shirley Atkinson, Steven Furnell, Andrew Phippen
Keywords: Internet, Internet Safety, Online safeguarding, Risk
Abstract: The predominant risk culture within the UK surrounding protecting children from online
predators has a strong influence on the type of awareness raising activities being promoted for
children. As reflected in the terminology in the field, e-safety has moved through Internet
Safety to be commonly referred to in child protection circles as online safeguarding. Whether
this change in terminology benefits the children is debateable. This paper reports findings
from a groundbreaking project involving schools in South West England, which explored
young people’s perceptions of online risk. It was determined that while their knowledge was
sound, there is a need to re-frame the current Internet Safety initiatives to provide more
emphasis on encouraging changing behaviour.
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