Five NI schools awarded for cybersecurity education

  • Five local NI schools and colleges have been given special recognition for their high standard of cybersecurity teaching for the first time.

    Knockevin Special School in Downpatrick is the first special school to have received a CyberFirst Schools award from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

    Its principal, Sara Liddell said: “Knockevin are delighted to be the first special school to achieve the prestigious bronze CyberFirst status.

    "We firmly believe in the rights of all young people to access high quality cyber security education, regardless of disability.

    "We aim to ensure that we develop and adapt our cyber programmes to be meaningful and meet the needs of all pupils in our school. We are delighted to be part of the CyberFirst Scheme as we continue on our journey towards delivering excellence in cyber security education.”

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    The CyberFirst Scheme is being supported by the NI Cyber Security Centre within the Department of Finance.

    Congratulating the schools and colleges, Finance Minister Conor Murphy said: “The cyber world is very much part of our everyday lives and it is great to see that local schools and colleges are leading the way when it comes to developing digital skills and cyber security education.

    Education Minister Peter Weir added: “I want to congratulate all of the schools that received awards and have been recognised for the quality of their cyber security teaching.

    "We all know that the internet is a rich source of information and entertainment, however, it is vital that young people are aware of the potential dangers and are protected and educated on appropriate and responsible usage.

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    “Teachers and parents play a crucial role in supporting children to identify the risks and make the most of technology.

    "Teachers can give pupils opportunities to use and create positive online content and at the same time give them the confidence and the skills to seek help should they encounter problems online. Parents can help by encouraging them to talk about their online experiences.”

    Source: Written from press release

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