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Improving Cybersafety Maturity of South African Schools

Department of Information System, School of Computing, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Florida campus, University of South Africa, Corner of Christiaan de Wet Road & Pioneer Avenue, Florida 1709, South Africa
Information 2020, 11(10), 471;
Received: 1 August 2020 / Revised: 2 September 2020 / Accepted: 2 September 2020 / Published: 4 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyber Resilience)
This research investigated the current maturity levels of cybersafety in South African schools. The maturity level indicates if schools are prepared to assist relevant role players (teachers and learners) in establishing a cybersafety culture within the school environment. The research study measured the maturity levels of cybersafety in 24 South African schools by evaluating the four main elements that are needed to improve cybersafety within schools. These elements are (1) leadership and policies, (2) infrastructure, (3) education, and (4) standards and inspection. The study used a UK-approved measurement tool (360safe) to measure the cybersafety maturity of schools within South Africa, using five levels of compliance (Level 1: full compliance, to Level 5: no compliance). The data analysis clearly indicated that all the schools that participated in the study had a significantly low level of cybersafety maturity and compliance. Schools are starting to adopt technology as part of their educational and social approach to prepare learners for the future, but there is a clear lack of supporting cybersafety awareness, policies, practices and procedures within South African schools. The research proposed a step-by-step approach involving a ten-phase cybersafety plan to empower schools to create and grow their own cybersafety culture. View Full-Text
Keywords: cybersafety; awareness; school learners; knowledge and skills; culture; maturity cybersafety; awareness; school learners; knowledge and skills; culture; maturity
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