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There is so much cyber security advice available these days, many people find it hard to know where to start. Cyber security underpins and protects the core functions of any organisation and all staff should be aware of how they might be vulnerable to cyber attack and how to stay safe online. Your organisation is ultimately responsible for securing its systems and technology but you also have a key role to play.
The purpose of this e-learning is to first explain why and how cyber attacks happen and second, give you actionable advice about how to defend yourself. This includes the importance of reporting if you believe a cyber security incident has occurred.
Much of this advice is just as applicable to your working life as your home life.
The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has produced a new e-learning training package: ‘Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff’. It’s totally free, easy-to-use and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The training introduces why cyber security is important and how attacks happen, and then covers four key areas:
defending yourself against phishing
using strong passwords
securing your devices
reporting incidents (‘if in doubt, call it out’)
The easiest way to access this free training is to go to the Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff page, which is hosted on the NCSC website. It includes a short quiz at the end, with links to further reading. No login is required – just click on the link and start learning.
Safer Internet Day is on 9th February 2021 and will be celebrated in the UK with the theme: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world
Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.
The campaign focuses on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.
The day will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on young people and why it is important to create a supportive, critical and questioning culture online that encourages debate and discussion. We want to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.
The impact of Safer Internet Day
Each year Safer Internet Day is the biggest celebration of online safety in the UK, with 49% of UK children aged 8-17 hearing about the day in 2020, alongside 26% of UK parents and carers.
As a result of their celebration of Safer Internet Day:
77% of young people said they felt more confident about what to do if they were worried about something online.
78% said they know what to do if they, or someone they know, are targeted online because they are different in some way.
19% said they spoke to someone about something that had been worrying them online.
Safer Internet Day is a global celebration in 170+ countries, and for 2021 everyone will be celebrating and coming ’together for a better internet’.
Why is this theme important to young people?
In order to decide on a theme that was important to young people we spoke to them about the types of content they see online and found fake news and inaccurate content to come up often. Young people said they saw:
‘I see alot of Fake News content, alot of fake celebrity gossip, fake gossip (general)’
‘Adverts on webpages showing celebrities with extreme weight loss transformations and stuff like that.’
‘Adverts and pop ups or even occaisionally strangers messages and such.’
‘Ppl on tiktok making up news, conspiracy theories…’
Through Safer Internet Day 2021 we will look at why inaccurate content exists, where it comes from, and what young people can do in response.
We know that the issues of misinformation and ‘fake news’ do not solely affect young people, but that these issues do have a great impact on how young people feel about their time online.
We want to help equip young people with the skills they need to spot inaccurate content, which can sometimes be a complex task. Once young people feel more comfortable separating fact from fiction it is important that we then help them to take the next steps in helping to create an internet full of trustworthy and reliable information.
The online world is a great source of information for young people and adults alike, and opportunities to research, learn new facts or skills, and even broaden viewpoints are extremely important to all internet users. The internet is also an important way for young people to build positive relationships – to play, interact and share their lives with their peers. As they navigate these social spaces, they are constantly making decisions about who and what to trust online in the context of playing games together and socialising online. Safer Internet Day gives young people the chance to build the skills they need to be able to make the best decisions as they navigate an online world where everything is not always as it seems.
We invite everyone to join us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, to help create a better internet on Tuesday, 9th February 2021 and throughout the whole year.
With more than 100 million users, Tik Tok is one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the world. TikTok is a free app that lets you watch, create, and share videos — often to a soundtrack of pop chart hits. It was originally available as musical.ly but was rebranded when the two apps merged in August 2018. TikTok account holders must be 13 and older, and those under 18 need parental permission.
We have put together some information for you in the document below to help keep your young people safe.
There is a huge range of devices and it can be confusing to work out how to protect your children when they are using them. Internet Matters have put together a handy way of finding the best tools for each piece of tech. Click here to go to their help pages for parents.
The new Keeping Children Safe in Education is now online and in force from September 2020.
New guidance has just been published by the Government. Click here to read.
Here is a fantastic video from Sophie Cox one of the Kidsafe tutors in South Tyneside ( a huge thank you to all at Toner Avenue Primary School). KS has really loved hearing from all of the sessions being delivered to children and has loved reading all of the mentions on Twitter and Facebook.
If you have ever wondered how a google search works, here’s two short videos explaining how it’s done.
This page has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, CEOP will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.