Teach Your Children Well


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teach-your-children-well is a paper by myself, Eddy Willems and Judith Harley presented by Eddy and myself at the Virus Bulletin Conference in 2005, and published in the conference proceedings.

David Harley, Eddy Willems & Judith Harley, “Teach Your Children Well – ICT Security And The Younger Generation”, October 2005, Virus Bulletin. Copyright is held by Virus Bulletin Ltd, but the document 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.