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Engagement of Young People in Social Networks: Awareness and Security

Authors: Gunther R. Drevin, Lynette Drevin

Abstract:

Numerous threats have been identified when using social networks. The question is whether young people are aware of these negative impacts of online and mobile technologies. Will they identify threats when needed? Will they know where to get help? Students and school children were part of a survey where their behavior and use of Facebook and an instant messaging application - MXit were studied. This paper presents some of the results. It can be concluded that awareness on security and privacy issues should be raised. The benefit of doing such a survey is that it may help to direct educational efforts from a young age. In this way children – with their parents – can strive towards more secure behavior. Educators can focus their lessons towards the areas that need attention resulting in safer cyber interaction and ultimately more responsible online use.

Keywords: Privacy, Trust, Facebook, instant messaging, MXit, Social networks Information Security awareness education

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1088726

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