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Digital privacy : behaviour and anxieties of a young digital generation

Vor dem Berge, Moritz Frederik (2017) Digital privacy : behaviour and anxieties of a young digital generation.

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Abstract:The topic of digital privacy and the question whether it will be persistent in times of increasing digitalization occupied many areas of science. Especially teenagers face difficulties dealing with their privacy and finding a balance between the benefits of SNSs (Social Networks) and self-disclosure. However, the correlation and influence of technical proficiency on the privacy behaviour of young people remains rather unexplained which is why this study targets that very subject. By asking 340 German secondary school pupils (aged 10-19) about their skills, concerns and digital behaviour, correlations between technical competencies, privacy concerns and digital privacy behaviour were uncovered. The results indicate that the skills of young people lead them to behave less carefully while using the Internet. Most of the findings support some previous studies but on the other hand contradict some others as well. For example, the societies’ common sense that the existence of better personal digital skills raise the awareness and thus lead to a cautious online behaviour seems to be false. Furthermore the study comes up with some recommendations for German teaching personnel concerning their future strategies in our digital world.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:54 computer science, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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