Student Perspectives towards School Responses to Cyber-risk and Safety: The Presumption of the Prudent Digital Citizen

Michael Adorjan, Rosemary Ricciardelli, University Of Calgary, University Of Calgary
While previous research identifies skepticism and some animosity among students towards school-based cyber-safety programs, drawing from focus group discussions with Canadian teens, this paper contributes to unpacking reasons for both support for 'what works' and antagonism for what is perceived to be lacking. Our findings reveal support for repeated messages, including those eliciting fear, especially for younger students. Criticisms most often centred on the questionable relatability of the
more » ... ssages, and the need for more practical information (e.g., privacy management). Criticisms are largely concentrated among female teens. Among our participants, the concentration of cyber-safety messages is being received in junior high school, with less emphasis by the time students reach high school. We argue that by high school students are expected to have successfully internalized the directives for online safety received in earlier grades, and have acquired, to a greater or lesser extent, a sense of prudentialism and self-control.
doi:10.11575/prism/36143 fatcat:thqw2x5qjfg2tklecrxcphduby