If you are worried that you are not safe online please come along to one of our Cyber Resilience events! We can help you learn and feel more confident.
If you are disabled, are a carer or if your work includes supporting disabled people or carers to be safe online please come along! We will supply devices, or you can bring your own, there will be time to ask questions and you will get a hands on opportunity to have a go. We will provide lunch so that there is a bit of time to have a chat with other people, which might reassure you if you are worried about putting your skills into practice.
All events are supported by Lead Scotland staff and volunteers, have a free lunch and travel costs are provided for disabled people and carers.
Learn to Be More Cyber Resilient: sign up for 19th February 2020, 101 Park Street, Coatbridge, ML5 3NP, 12.30 to 3.30pm.
Staying Safe Online: sign up for 20 February 2020, Kinross Sensory Centre, 14 New Row, Perth, PH1 5QA, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Details about other events will follow soon.
Once you have been to an event, please complete this Cyber Resilience event feedback form.
It is well documented that disabled people, older people, carers and people living in rented accommodation are more likely not to be online due to a number of well documented barriers including: lack of finance, lack of motivation (some people can’t see how it might be helpful to be online), fears about online safety, lack of the right support to learn at a pace that suits, lack of access to devices, lack of knowledge of how to personalise and lack of literacy skills. Scotland’s Digital Strategy Evidence Discussion paper, from March 2017 shows “The offline population tends to include those who are older, on low incomes or may have a form of disability, who stand to gain significantly from being digitally connected.” (page 12. Horrifyingly, the 2016 Carnegie Digital Participation and Social Justice report suggests that digital exclusion is actually amplifying social exclusion and there is no doubt that being online opens up new possibilities, connections and opportunities as well as the potential to save money.
Did you know that Scotland is leading the way by having a portfolio of qualifications in Cyber Security from SCQF level 4 to 11? Disabled people are underrepresented in this industry though. We’d love more young people and adults to see progression pathways not only to get the satisfaction of working in an exciting industry but also to advocate for accessibility and good design so that everyone can stay safe, whatever their access and information requirements.
We are grateful to the Scottish Government who are supporting us to hold events, produce blogs and create some noise on social media to encourage people to talk about cyber resilience and put skills into action!