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NCSC Web Check

The National Cyber Security Centre’s Web Check helps you identify and fix common security issues in your websites.

NCSC Mail Check

Mail Check, part of the Active Cyber Defence programme, from the National Cyber Security Centre, assists with email security configuration and reporting.

FREE Cyber Defence Tools for Schools

UK education settings can now sign up for the FREE National Cyber Security Centre’s Web Check and Mail Check services to protect their websites and email servers from cyber attacks.

All schools are encouraged to sign up for both pioneering services that help identify potential cyber security issues and fix them promptly.  The tools, from the NCSC – a part of GCHQ – have been rolled out to help schools defend against the continuing threat from cyber criminals whose activities can put sensitive data at risk and affect institutions’ reputation and ability to operate.

If you have any questions about cyber security and what it means for your school, please contact us at [email protected] 

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Cyber Crime… Cyber Choices

Cyber Crime... Cyber Choices 2These days pupils have access to an abundance of material on the internet, that can guide and coach them on computer hacking. There are plenty of tutorials, videos, and free tools that they can use to practise their skills. At school they have access to a fully working network where they may try and practise what they have learnt.

It may be that your pupils are just curious and are looking to test their skills with no malicious intent. They may not completely understand the implications of their actions and might do something that seriously impacts the school network.

Other pupils may be looking to disrupt the school network just to be a nuisance, think of it as the modern-day equivalent of setting off the fire alarm!  They may also try and access their own data (or their friends) to change behaviour records or coursework grades.

Anyone (including young people) who commits cybercrime could face:

  • A visit and warning from police
  • A Cease and Desist visit from police
  • Computers being seized and being prevented from accessing the internet
  • A penalty or fine
  • Being arrested
  • Up to life in prison for the most serious offences


Cyber Crime... Cyber Choices 3Cyber Choices is a national programme designed to reduce cybercrime, including illegal hacking of computers and networks, denial of service and the writing, distribution or deployment of malware. These are offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990

The programme has four main aims:

  1. Explain the difference between legal and illegal cyber activity
  2. Encourage individuals to make informed choices in their use of technology
  3. Increasing awareness of the Computer Misuse Act 1990
  4. Promoting positive, legal cyber opportunities

Cyber Choices is co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency. They work with specific individuals who may be vulnerable to committing cybercrime, and divert them onto a more productive path by using educational visits, workshops and online training.

Anyone can refer someone they feel would benefit from working with the Cyber Choices team. Parents, teachers, social workers or police officers often make referrals.

Cyber Choices helps parents, teachers, or youth workers know what to look out for if they’re concerned about their child or a young person they work with.  You will be given advice on how to safeguard the young person and divert them onto a more positive path.

Please visit the Cyber Choices website for more information.


Kickstart Success Story

Kickstart Success Story 4Launched as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, Kickstart has helped young people in all corners of the country to develop new skills, build confidence, and get a crucial first foot on the career ladder.

In September 2021, our own Kickstarter, Brandon, began working with us as a Digital Communications Assistant in the Cyber Support Team at Education Data Hub.

Brandon’s skills and training lay within digital design and social media marketing and he was the perfect fit to help launch our brand new website and emerging social media platforms.  Heavily involved in the marketing strategy, and proving himself to be highly skilled in design and graphics, meant that Brandon was an integral part of our National launch event Cyber on a Shoestring’ in December 2021.

As the Kickstart placement came to an end in February, Brandon applied for and was successful in gaining a permanent position within Derbyshire County Council, putting all his experience and skills into good use.

Welcome Aboard Brandon!

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Inclusive Digital Safety Hub

The Inclusive Digital Safety Hub is the first of its kind, and is empowering parents, carers, and professionals with tailored advice and insight to make meaningful interventions in the lives of children and young people most likely to experience online risks.

Recognising that online safety needs to be an integral part of children’s digital journey, these tailored resources can help shape the safety of all children online.

The educational online hub houses both created and curated content for parents, carers, and professionals and has been specifically designed for children and young people with SEND, those currently or previously in care, and children in minority groups, in particular LGBTQ+.

The impact of Covid-19 has meant a huge increase in demand, with greater numbers of both parents and professionals seeking resources and support.  More than two million children are considered to be the most ‘vulnerable’ in England – including those with physical or mental health needs.

 Click here to visit the Inclusive Digital Safety Hub created by Internet Matters in partnership with SWGfL.

Cyberflashing to become a crime under new law

Cyberflashing to become a crime under new law 6Cyberflashing is to become a criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to two years in jail under government plans to strengthen the upcoming online safety bill which will contain substantial changes from its draft version when it is published this week.

Three-quarters of girls aged 12-18 have been sent unsolicited nude images of boys or men, according to research published in 2020.

Perpetrators of this offence, which involves offenders sending unsolicited sexual images to people via social media, dating apps, or across sharing devices like Bluetooth and Airdrop, could face up to two years behind bars.

The Harmful Sexual Behaviour support service has been provided in response to the concern of harmful sexual behaviour within schools. As well as this, to support professionals with advice and guidance around handling these types of incidents.

It is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday. Those who need advice can either email on [email protected] or phone 0344 2250623.

You can find out more here: Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service




Careers of the future demand digital skills

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At 11-14 years, young people really can be anything they want to be. The only certainty is that careers of the future demand digital skills.

Cyber Explorers, an initiative led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), showcases how the skills being taught in class are linked to real world situations, through an immersive, gamified learning experience. A virtual world where Cyber Explorers uncover how digital, computing and cyber security skills are integral to successful career paths.

Your students can get exciting hands-on insights into the essential role digital plays in all our lives. They will discover meaningful ideas about career options.

Cyber Explorers has been designed for all of your 11-14-year-old students – whether or not they’ve shown any real interest in tech before. It’s flexible enough to use as part of lessons or let students work through independently. Designed with this inquisitive age group firmly in mind, it couldn’t be easier to navigate through its genuinely fun and informative learning journeys.

Visit the Cyber Explorers website to find out more.

Reception/KS1 cyber safety visit from Wendy Goucher

If you are a Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire primary school, and are interested in receiving a (mid-April) visit from highly respected author and cyber safety consultant Wendy Goucher, then please get in touch with us here at [email protected] and we will pass your details on.

Nettie in Cyberland introduces cyber security to young children in an understandable and engaging way.

It’s never too early to learn about cyber safety!


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