Safe, Secure and Empowered - Background

YouthLink Scotland is funded by Scottish Government to develop guidance resources for building conversations and learning opportunities about cyber resilience into our youth work, adult learning, community work, support work and more.

Our aim is to create guidance and resources which helps non-formal learning practitioners to be better equipped to deliver cyber resilience learning. In order that the communities, learners and young people they work with have a stronger understanding of cyber resilient behaviour.

We are working with reference group partners: Learning Link Scotland, Scottish Community Development Centre, LEAD Scotland, CLD Standards Council, Young Scot, Midlothian Council, The Prince's Trust and Carnegie UK Trust.

We want practitioners’ and learners’ views to inform the resources – please fill in the survey below by Monday 21/01/2018

But what is Cyber Resilience?
 “Internet safety” is about people being protected, safe and supported in the online world. “Cyber resilience” is about individuals and organisations being able to prepare for, withstand, rapidly recover and learn from deliberate attacks or accidental events in the online world. 

Definitions from policy: In 2015, the Scottish Government published Safe, Secure and Prosperous: a Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland. More recently, it has refreshed its National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People, which refers back to the cyber resilience strategy.

Youth workers, adult educators, community development practitioners and others involved in non-formal learning are extremely well placed to help people across our communities, particularly those more vulnerable or disadvantaged to navigate their online lives more safely. However, research studies have shown a continued lack of confidence and competence within the sector; the Digitally Agile CLD (2011), Screenagers (2016) and #Not Without Me (2017) research reports all cite practitioners feeling ill equipped to support others to develop their essential digital skills and digital literacy. 

The topics of internet safety, cyber resilience can seem challenging to build into informal learning, particularly if practitioners are not confident themselves. This guidance will be an opportunity for practitioners to engage with cyber resilience as an enabler to help themselves and their learners to make the most of the opportunities available through the internet in a positive way, with the confidence that they are keeping themselves as safe as possible.

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* 1. Questions for practitioners

For the communities in which you work and the people you work with:

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* 2. If you are already delivering work or providing information with community groups/learners/young people

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* 3. Questions for learners/ young people/ community members

As many more of us are now having to be online to access services and there is a growing expectation to use the internet. With all the mobile devices being used by people across all age groups we are using more and more online services, shopping social media….

Alongside this we have worries about our safety online and privacy. Keeping ourselves safe online is can seem daunting and make us feel less confident about using the service.  

What information and support would you like from youth workers / adult learning tutor/ community workers / personal carers /supporters to help your learning and understanding of online safety?

Helping you stay safe online by:

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* 4. Question for Cyber Security Experts