Derbyshire County Council’s Cyber Support Service @ Education Data Hub held their first national virtual event ‘Cyber on a Shoestring’ on December 7th 2021, bringing together experts on cyber security and online safety and tailored specifically to the education sector.
The whole-day event was started with an inspiring speech by Councillor Alex Dale who, as Cabinet Member for Education, reminded us all of the effects of the pandemic on our young children, and, in this ever-increasing digital world, how important it is that we are all aware of the need for cyber security and online safety, not just in schools, but within the home too. This became apparent, in the many speakers that followed as expert after expert delivered consistent messages and signposted those who attended to a host of free help and resources that are already out there and readily available for nurseries, schools, colleges, and indeed parents to access.
The day featured 18 speakers, ranging from the Department for Education, through to crisis response teams, a children’s author, and most everything in between. They represented the broad spectrum that is cyber security and online safety for the education sector, which really made for a stand-out event.
Almost 900 education settings were reached during the day, which demonstrated just how much events like these are required in the ever changing digital world our children find themselves growing up in. The feedback from those who attended, and indeed the speakers, has been overwhelmingly positive:
“Huge amount of great support and signposting to further guidance and help. Thank you to all who contributed.”
“We have no training, or back up tech staff to support us, when I think of cyber security I freeze in fear. I only really saw the afternoon, but I have learnt so much & have been able to identify starting points & resources to make it a little more manageable. I might begin to make some progress now.”
“I listened in to the three or four presentations before me and you guys scared up some really good stuff that should be extremely useful to your audience, so well done. Brilliant.”
For more information about the speakers featured in Cyber on a Shoestring, to receive a copy of the slides from the day, or to enquire how the cyber support team can help your setting, please contact the Education Data Hub at [email protected]