In response to feedback from the Youth Commission’s Big Conversation consultation, a Cyber Ambassadors scheme has been introduced in schools.
The aim of the scheme is to skill-up a small number of students in education settings on key online safety issues. These informed students then pass on their learning and offer helpful support to their peers promoting good digital citizenship and civility.
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Cyber Ambassadors range from 8-18 years using various interactive and age-appropriate learning material to deliver cyber education.
Youth organisations can receive GoFISH (Go Find Internet Safety Help) sessions which supplement cyber knowledge using various interactive activities. Young people will go on to share acquired knowledge with their peers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the scheme has been adapted to run online, with regular virtual resources and input provided to schools to be included with their home learning provision.
Even if your school or youth organisation is not fully signed up to the scheme, you can receive these resources to help your students stay safe online:
To find out more or sign up, please email the scheme co-ordinator Marcia Tanyanyiwa.
This scheme is only available for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton schools and youth organisations.
Training is delivered for free, with regularly updated resources, and there’s ongoing support and engagement. We’ve had great feedback from teachers, including this recently:
‘We’ve had an incident today re social media and the training works – pupil was advised to block and report…they’d done it before we got told’.
Education establishments can sign up to receive free training, or youth organisations can sign up to receive free GoFISH sessions.
Please use the contact details below to request a sign up form and if you require additional information.
Learn more about Cyber Choices from SEROCU. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s Cyber Choices team have developed a lesson plan which aims to teach the Computer Misuse Act and highlight career opportunities in Cyber Security.
More resources are also available from Hampshire Constabulary’s Safe4me site.