Educators or Professionals…

Worried about someone you teach or support?

Or simply want to help us deliver the message!

This is the ideal time for young people to head down the route into employment in a Cyber Security career. There are lots of different roles suiting every type of interest. Not all require significant technical skill but may be more suited to problem solvers and strategic thinkers.

“Thank you so much… I think they have much more of an understanding of his and other kids potential who have an interest in cyber security and what this can lead to.

“It has made such a difference to us. Thank you again for your help and encouragement”

Parent Mrs N, West Sussex

The most important aspect is that you help them understand what is and isn’t legal, so that they don’t head down the wrong route to become a Cyber criminal. As such, we would ask that you sit down and go through the law and consequences with them, before discussing their future career and how to use the resources linked to on this site to develop.

Read on to find out more about the law around Computer Misuse and then the good news – the opportunities and job roles available in the cyber world.

Learning Activities during Covid-19

Thousands of young people are being offered the chance to join a virtual cyber security school as part of plans to make sure the country develops the next generation of professional cyber defenders.

At a time when schools remain closed to most children, the online initiative aims to inspire future talent to work in the cyber security sector and give students a variety of extracurricular activities to do from the safety of their homes.

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails while progressing through the game as a cyber agent. This will help them develop important skills needed for future jobs, particularly in cyber security.

The school provides free weekly webinars run by industry experts teaching fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems.

A game designed to teach teenagers the fundamentals of cyber security has also been released for free. Players protect the virtual city ‘CyberLand’ from cyber attacks while learning key skills.

Visits to Schools, Colleges or Universities

“I am writing to thank you and the team for the fabulous support offered to the school during our recent incident when a group of pupils gained access to the school shared server.

“Your work yesterday with the individual pupils, the key stage 3 children and the staff have made an impact. The staff have been sending me messages telling me how useful they found the training. Well worth staying behind in their own time!”

Headteacher A, Hampshire

We do participate in STEM focused outreach activities including all Big Bang and TeenTech events in our region. If your school is coming to one of these events then ask the organisers to put your pupils in for the SEROCU Cyber Choices activity.

The Big Bang

Teaching this Subject

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. This lesson plan is intended for Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8 – but can be delivered to anyone you assess as likely to benefit from the messages. This includes other youth groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides or Coding Clubs.

To find out more about our lesson plan:

Concerned about a young person? – We can help!

If you are worried about what a young person is doing online we can help. It is not too late for them. Now is the time to try and divert them to use their skills in a positive way and avoid criminal sanction. We have included a cyber glossary so that you understand the terms they may use and leave you better informed.

We are the Police and therefore have a legal duty to discharge… however, the Cyber Choices ethos is to try and divert people positively, not to criminalise unnecessarily. We can discuss your concerns and worries and signpost you towards which resources listed here can help.

All we need is your name and contact number or email address.

Having walked past your stand earlier, when my students realised they were coming to participate with you later in the day, they couldn’t wait”

Teacher visiting Teentech Basingstoke

I know it’s lunchtime, but these pupils are not scheduled to visit your stand, can we speak about cyber crime now please?”

Teacher visiting Teentech Basingstoke

What is going here? I know its cyber crime, its look really fun.”

Teacher visiting Teentech Basingstoke