The Cyber Choices network was created to help people make informed choices and to use their cyber skills in a legal way.
This is a national initiative co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and delivered by the Cyber Choices teams within the East Midlands.
PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE
We live in a connected world that will only get bigger through the advance of new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). For most people, these technologies are taken for granted. However, for those who have a deep interest in understanding the detail of what happens behind the scenes, there could be a bright future ahead. Skills in coding, gaming, computer programming, cyber security or anything IT-related are in high demand and there may be many careers and opportunities available to those with an interest in these areas.
More and more young people are getting involved in cybercrime. Many do it for fun without realising the consequences of their actions - but the penalties can have an impact on their long-term future. Cyber crime is not a victimless crime and is taken extremely seriously by law enforcement.
The Cyber Choices network was created to help people make informed choices and to use their cyber skills in a legal way. This is a national initiative co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency and delivered by Cyber Choices teams within East Midlands' Police Forces.
The aims of the programme are to:
Educate on the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the possible consequences should they break the law.
Encourage individuals to make informed choices about their use of technology.
Deter and/or divert individuals from cyber crime.
Promote legal and ethical cyber opportunities.
If you would like any further information or advice on Cyber Choices, please contact:
Information you provide will be held in confidence. However, If criminal offences or risks of harm are reported to us, we may pass that information on to appropriate partners, if necessary.
PSHE LESSON PLANS
The NCA in collaboration with the PSHE Association have developed Key Stage 3 lesson plans which explore cybercrime, decision making and victim awareness.
Recognising and engaging with students interested in technology may encourage them to follow the correct pathway.
Not only should we protect our own devices and accounts from exploitation from other family members, but we also need oversight into how electronic devices are being used by our children to prevent them breaking the law either through ignorance or malicious intent.
Download our booklet here:
MAKING A REFERRAL
If you are concerned that someone you know is on the cusp of cyber criminality or may have already committed cyber offences, please contact our team.
Our goal is to work with that person to reset their moral compass and steer the love for technology into productive and ethically sound practices.