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‘Digi, Aye?’ Cyber Security and Online Resilience for Young Scots

Chloe Henderson

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Young Scot has launched a new campaign to improve cyber resilience and digital skills in Scotland’s youth. 

young scotScotland’s national youth information charity Young Scot has launched a new campaign to improve cyber security knowledge and resilience amongst young people. ‘Digi, Aye?’ was created after the UK and Scottish Governments asked the organisation to provide young Scots aged 11-24 with with advice and information on cyber security, resilience and careers in digital technology.

Over the next six months, the campaign will use the Young Scot portal to reach young people, also running through Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter. A group of young volunteer vloggers will be recruited by the charity to front the next part of the campaign.

‘Digi, Aye? will cover hot topics including 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 September 2017 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, added, “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.”

 

Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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