Cybersecurity awareness and its impact on protecting children in cyberspace

Ayida AlShabibi, Mohammed Al-Suqri

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Objective: Our proposed study investigates the impact of cybersecurity awareness among children in terms of protecting them in cyberspace. The prevalence of cybercrime among children at the global and national levels imposes serious concerns. Cybercrimes penetrated largely during the digital transformation of education that facilitated children to access cyberspace unconditionally. Methodology: The research is based on reviewing the academic literature relevant to cybersecurity awareness’s and its impact on protecting children in cyberspace. Main Findings: The findings highlight the significant role of cybersecurity awareness in reducing the impact of cyberattacks against children. Awareness of cybersecurity and the protection of children in cyberspace are interlinked with each other. Comprehensive cybersecurity awareness programs for children can significantly reduce the spread. Widespread awareness programs in the educational curriculum while utilizing all the required safety criteria to guarantee that the children are Trustworthy, secure, and ensuring their data safety is crucial step to consider. Social Implications: The article highlights the cybersecurity awareness measures that should be considered for children to provide them safe cyberspace platforms. Secure cyberspace for children to get education during the global spread of the Corona pandemic is the dire current social need. Originality/Novelty of the Study: The global spread of the Coronavirus has considerably affected people’s daily lives. Due to increased dependability on online platforms during pandemic, we can name this situation as cyber-pandemic. Data breaches and cyberattacks rises dramatically due to a lack of cybersecurity awareness among the citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419956
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021 - Muscat, Oman
Duration: Dec 21 2021Dec 23 2021

Publication series

Name2021 22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021


Conference22nd International Arab Conference on Information Technology, ACIT 2021


  • Cyber threats
  • Cyber violence
  • Cyberattacks
  • Cybercrimes
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity awareness
  • Cyberspace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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