Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Proceedings of SITE Interactive Conference



Conference Name

SITE Interactive Conference, October 26-28, 2021, Online


K-12 cybersecurity education is receiving growing attention with the growing number of cyberattacks and a shortage of cybersecurity professionals. However, there are many barriers for teachers to implement effective cybersecurity education in formal classroom environments. This study conducts a systematic literature review to examine the current state-of-the-art on K-12 cybersecurity education. Through the systematic literature review, we identified 20 closely relevant papers and recognized that a well-designed curriculum in cybersecurity education at the K-12 level is strongly needed to motivate students to pursue cybersecurity pathways and careers. The challenge and suggestions of curriculum design, teaching strategy, and learning assessment are summarized and discussed.


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0000-0002-4256-8476 (He, Yuming)

Original Publication Citation

Chen, W., He, Y., Tian, X., & He, W. (2021).Exploring cybersecurity education at the K-12 level. In E. Langran & D. Rutledge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE Interactive Conference (pp. 108-114). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.