Comparison of the Internet Literacy and Opportunities for Awareness Education between Parents and Youths

ID: 51549 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Nagayuki Saito and Madoka Aragaki, Business Breakthrough University, Japan

A contemporary problem in societies is that of youths becoming involved in various online troubles For enhancing Internet literacy, providing support to not only youths but also their parents has become a major policy challenge This study evaluated and analyzed the Internet literacy of youths and parents to discuss effective policy making, as defined in Article 3 of the supplementary provision of the “Act on Establishment of Enhanced Environment for Youth’s Safe and Secure Internet Use” The results revealed that parents had significantly higher Internet literacy than youths did, according to the total score and subscores in each risk category In addition, results suggested that parents who used mobile devices longer hours had higher Internet literacy than those who used it shorter hours However, parents had learning opportunities at school, a significantly lower percentage than that of youths Moreover, 226% of parents answered that they never had any learning opportunities, a percentage higher than that of youths Therefore, it will be crucial for the policy on online youth protection to strengthen support for parents so that they can provide appropriate guidance for Internet use at home

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