The Adventures of ScriptKitty: Using the Raspberry Pi to Teach Adolescents about Internet Safety

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Cyber Research Center, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Publication Date

Fall 10-2019

Publication Title

Proceedings of the 20th Annual SIG Conference on Information Technology Education (SIGITE'19)

Document Type



Internet safety and privacy considerations are increasingly important topics for adolescents. While online games and other media exist to introduce middle school and high school students to security and privacy concepts, there are very few practical exercises that reinforce concepts in a hands-on manner. In this paper, we introduce The Adventures of ScriptKitty, a free on-line learning aid that is used in conjunction with the Raspberry Pi single board computer.We piloted The Adventures of ScriptKitty to 51middle school and high school students. Our results show that students significantly improved their understanding of basic network topics and felt more confident on how to stay safe on the Internet.

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