Towards a cross-cultural education framework for online safety awareness
Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance
ECU Security Research Institute
© 2020, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing. The majority of online safety awareness education programmes have been developed in advanced countries and for the needs of their own populations. In less developed countries (LDCs) not only are there fewer programmes there is also a research gap in knowing the issues that face young people in their respective country. The Young People Online Education Framework seeks to address this and provide educators, researchers and policy makers an evidence driven construct for developing education programmes that are informed by issues affecting young people in that particular country/region. This is achieved by following the steps within the framework starting first from the evidence stage, gathering the data and conducting new research if necessary. This is fed into the Young People Online Model, which looks at the environmental and social influences that shape young people’s attitude and behaviour online. A novel feature of this framework is the Cultural Mask, where all topics, activities and pedagogical approaches are considered with the cultural makeup of the target audience in mind. The framework was applied in Thailand and a number of workshops were successfully carried out. More research and workshops are planned in Thailand and it is hoped other researchers will make use of the framework to extend its scope and application.