Cybersecurity for children: an investigation into the application of social media


The paper discusses cybersecurity for children (particularly teenagers) and focuses on Social Media’s impact using a theoretical approach. Many social media users are unaware of their Cybersecurity in Social Media and all-round digital privacy and do not understand the importance of developing privacythrough taking both digital and physical measures. We identify seven categories of hacking motivations through multimedia platforms: Emotions, Financial gains, Entertainment, Proficiency for jobs, Hacktivism, Espionage, and Cyber-warfare, particularly for children. As vulnerable people, they can be the principal victims. We explore various methods used for hacking, such as Sexting, Facebook depression, and Influence on buying advertisements. In our findings, we demonstrate that the most critical protection method is to fully understand the digital footprint left behind and its possible consequences. The users should know this as a self-protection mechanism to mitigate security issues before problems occur. It means adopting the same mindset and attitude of protecting oneself in the online world as in the real world.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consumer behavior,Cyber attacks,Cybersecurity for children,Multimedia,Privacy,Social Media,Computer Science Applications,Information Systems and Management
Publication ISSN: 1751-7583
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2023-03-15
Published Online Date: 2023-03-15
Accepted Date: 2023-03-02
Authors: Chang, Victor (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8012-5852)
Golightly, Lewis
Xu, Qianwen Ariel (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0360-7193)
Boonmee, Thanaporn
Liu, Ben S.



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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