Cyber security for youngsters campaign launched

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Digi, Aye? will cover topics such as safe browsing, online dating and staying safe on social media

11th September 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A new campaign to improve cyber security knowledge and resilience amongst young people has been launched.

Young Scot, Scotland’s national youth information charity, has been asked by the Scottish Government and UK Government to run an online content campaign to provide young people aged 11-26 with advice and information on cyber security, resilience and careers in digital technology.

Digi, Aye? will cover topics such as staying safe on social media, safe browsing and access to the internet, protecting your digital identity, making purchases online, how to have a ‘digital cleanse’ and online dating. Young people will also be able to take part in the campaign through Young Scot’s Rewards programme.

The campaign is part of the Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland which supports the country becoming a world leader in cyber resilience by 2020. ‘Digi, Aye?’ will run from this month to February 2018.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, said: “We are delighted to support Young Scot’s campaign to help increase cyber awareness amongst young people in Scotland. We also hope that the campaign triggers interest in thinking about cyber security as a career”

Louise Macdonald, chief executive at Young Scot, said: “Staying safe is just as important online as offline. Over the next six months, we’ll be helping young people to prepare themselves against cybercrime, offering advice on what do when things go wrong, and highlighting career opportunities in digital tech.”