An exploratory study about the role of gender in cybersecurity awareness for children
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Gender disparities in technology use and cybersecurity are a persistent and growing concern among researchers and society. This paper presents the results from a qualitative study conducted with 25 parents in Norway, exploring the role of gender (of either the child or the parent) in parents' perceptions of their children's cybersecurity awareness and the mediation strategies of children's online activities. Our research reveals certain patterns regarding parents' technology use, perceptions of their children's technology preferences, and exposure to online risk depending on gender. By investigating parents' views from a gender perspective, our study offers insights for practitioners and researchers engaged in gender research, designing and implementing cybersecurity awareness solutions. In addition, we provide suggestions for future research and application.