Role of Perceived Importance of Information Security: An Exploratory Study of Middle School Children’s Information Security Behavior

Sangmi Chai, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Claudia Morrell, H. Raghav Rao, Shambhu Upadhyaya
InSITE 2006  •  Volume 6  •  2006
Information security and privacy on the Internet are critical issues in our society. Importantly, children and adolescents need to understand the potential risk of using the Internet. In this research, we examine factors that motivate students’ Information Security Behavior on the Internet. A pilot survey of middle and junior high school students is the source of the data. This study provides a model that explains students’ behavior pertaining to Information Security. A significant research finding is that students’ perceived importance of Information Security plays a critical role in influencing their Information Security Behavior.
Information Security, Self-efficacy, Internet, Perceived Importance, Information Security Behavior.
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