New research reveals children’s concerns regarding cyber security

The Diana Award charity has released a report revealing that 83 per cent of 10-16 year olds would like cyber lessons to be part of their school timetable and that 44 per cent were concerned about their online accounts being hacked. 

Additionally, some 79 per cent of UK parents with children aged 18 and under want lessons on digital resilience to be compulsory as part of the national curriculum. More than a quarter (28 per cent) are not confident they can protect their children from potential dangers online.

Ollie Whitehouse, CTO at NCC Group, commented: “In today’s digital world, children are growing up online and, sooner or later, having cyber security on the curriculum will be inevitable. Already, the industry is facing a lack of cyber security talent and unless this is addressed, there will be serious problems going forward.

“Good cyber security practices are now a necessity and are likely to become even more central to the public consciousness in the coming years. The skills involved aren’t just important for children and their families, but are instrumental in keeping businesses and the wider economy safe now and in the future. Even traditional professions such as law and medicine will need an appreciation of cyber and thus diverse education from an early age will become increasingly important.

“Whether it’s a basic awareness of cyber security risks or a more in-depth knowledge of programming security software and tools, it’s vital that schools make an effort to include some element of cyber security in their teaching. If nothing changes, today’s generation will be woefully under-equipped to deal with the security threats that they’re likely to face in the future.”

ENDS

Published date:  21 June 2017

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