Saturday, March 29, 2008

If it works for children...

I was reading slashdot news when I found this one, that mentions a study requested by UK first minister:"Usually, 'thinking of the children' is a starting point to impose limitations on video games and internet in general. For once, a study requested by UK's Prime Minister seems to be a bit more objective then most. In the Executive Summary 'Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe — this isn't just about a top-down approach. Children will be children — pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.' I think that is an important point that most studies miss, that just 'thinking of the children' and locking the bad stuff away is actually setting them up for failure later in life. A direct link to the full PDF is also available."This means a lot on information security too! If you need to empower children to keep them safe, we need to do that with "users" too, regarding online safety and information protection. That's a nice piece to use when justifying Security Awareness initiatives.

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