Older adults' knowledge of internet hazards

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Older adults are less likely to be using computers and less knowledgeable about Internet security than are younger users. The two groups do not differ on trust of Internet information. The younger group shows no age or gender differences. Within the older group, computer users are more trusting of Internet information, and along with those with more education, are more knowledgeable about security hazards. The oldest women are less knowledgeable about security hazards. Older adults' greater risk when using computers and the Internet may be primarily due to cohort differences in education and computer use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-192
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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