Lead Scotland has a new Linking Cyber and Accessibility Project
Digital access to services is incredibly exciting! New flexible, inclusive ways of engaging and supporting community based adult learners with more joined up non formal and formal learning pathways should be possible. Organisations which support adult learners truly have an opportunity to leave no one behind taking forward the Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland
Every bright light has a shadow. Our partners at Police Scotland tell us that more and more young people and adults are becoming victims of Cyber Enabled and Cyber Dependent crimes.
How well is adult learning supporting a cyber resilient Scotland? How well prepared are our staff, volunteers and learners to talk about cyber security and resilience to support people to understand what they need to do and then how to act on this again and again. Having a strong secure password is essential and a great start, but staying safe and secure online involves making decisions every time we are online.
We cannot presume that adult learners know how to stay safe and secure online. Some adult learners lack confidence, have limited literacy skills, find abstract concepts hard, some speak limited English and some people need support to learn. Not all websites are accessible for all disabled people even in 2023. Hundreds of learners and 50 organisations told us they are looking for accessible learning opportunities to make it easier to understand the key messages they need to stay safe and secure online and be able to act on them.
There is a clear link between digital exclusion and household poverty/lower levels of educational attainment/literacy skills. There is a presumption that everyone will have the sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding to be able to find and trust NCSC messages, interpret them correctly and turn them into action. Organisations, individuals, families and communities have a new duty of care, I think, to protect people from online harm.
Our project offers:
Blog post by E Whitelock, CEO Lead Scotland to support an input to the Adult Learning Forum for Scotland 11 May 2023
Thank you to the Scottish Government who fund and support our Cyber Project.