Information on our 2021 Fundraising Campaign
The Cyber Trust is registered with The Fundraising Regulator which means we follow their Code of Practice and the Fundraising Promise. We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Registered Charity number 1171883. We are registered with HMRC for Gift Aid (you can download a GiftAid declaration), and we have a Just Giving Charity Account to make donations as straightforward as possible. We are also registered with The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) donation process. If you would rather use BACS or would like to discuss a donation with one of the Trustees, send a message to email@example.com and we will get back to you. And we are registered with AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for our supporters to generate donations for The Cyber Trust every time they shop. When customers/supporters place an order on smile.amazon.co.uk, they’ll find the same shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net price of eligible purchases to the charitable organisations selected by them. There is also an optional browser extension available for laptop/desktop users called Smilematic available which redirects users to smile.amazon.co.uk automatically when shopping at Amazon so they don’t forget to use it. Amazon App users can opt to redirect to Smile automatically without that. The link to Smilematic is at the end of this page.
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A need to combat online abuse and bullying:
From research it is evident that more children and young people are becoming victims to online abuse and bullying, sometimes with devastating consequences. Such abuse appears to have increased during the pandemic because young people are spending more time online. In addition, a growing concern is the promotion of false or misleading information which can have disturbing effects on individuals, as well as on the wider society.
Some three years ago the Cyber Trust was created to help children become safer online and more aware of how they may become targets for cyber attacks or manipulation. Initially, the Cyber Trust worked in Gloucestershire and undertook face-to-face sessions with pupils in both public and private schools. These sessions were well received and were independently assessed, with positive results. However, demands for the sessions grew exponentially and the Trustees decided to develop an app for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. Known as ‘SpeakOut!’, the app will cover a range of relevant subjects, specifically for pupils transitioning from primary to secondary schools. This age range was selected because this point of transition was seen to be a critical time in the development of young people.
Principles of work to date:
It was a principle of our work that any resources for schools and young people should be free at the point of delivery. This is because many schools, which should benefit from using such an app, experience difficulties in raising funds for such learning, although it is recognised as essential.
The Cyber Trust has worked collaboratively with various partners including schools, statutory and business organisations, and with a group of MSc computer science and research students at the University of Gloucestershire to develop an app initially on the theme of bullying and quickly followed by online grooming.
Our approach has been driven by rigorous evaluation and the app has been trialled with young people in a school setting and has been well received. In fact, many pupils commented that they liked the innovative approach and did not have experience of any other such material.
Significantly we have been surprised by the quality of the personal comments and by the issues raised about the young people’s mental health and emotional fragility.
We have also concluded that the app would best be used in a classroom/group setting and that a ‘Teacher’s Pack’ should accompany the app for use by facilitators.
Now we need your help:
Having market tested the initial app we are now keen to develop new stories, and are considering Body Image, BLM and Checking facts (part of Fake News or Information Literacy topic) next. We would like to make them available to Gloucestershire schools initially and then make them more widely available – though we are also promote the app nationally through The Cyber Security Challenge‘s partnership with The National Crime Agency in Cybergames. The app is made available to users through the Google Play and Apple App Stores, as a simple download just like any other app (search for “SpeakOut!). An initial version is already available and the app contents could, for example, be updated to reflect sponsors, donors and supporter’s logos and brands.
We recognise that there are many calls on finances in these difficult times but we are seeking contributions to the development and extension of this work. We have involved the Gloucestershire Constabulary Cyber Protect Safeguarding Team, the NPCC and Child Friendly Gloucestershire in providing advice and intend that the roll out will be supported by these organisations. More recently, Gloucestershire Guiding has partnered with The Trust and will work with us on developing new scenarios, and may create a Badge.
What we are looking to raise and how it will be spent:
We are looking to raise the sum of £50,000 from donations and sponsorship. This will be used to engage two work placement students for a year (a developer and a designer), using University of Gloucestershire facilities and including, hosting, supervision and quality review. This expenditure will improve the quality of the app in response to user feedback, create new story lines, develop an accompanying teacher’s pack and a companion website.
The trustees are continuing to use a lean approach in all other respects, especially in rolling out the app to various schools and organisations (such as The Guides) throughout the Gloucestershire region. We intend to use our connections and existing relationships with to ensure that as many schools and children as possible get access to the app, with the best possible chance of success. In-house expertise in marketing, social media, design, development and project management will continue to be used, cutting administrative overheads to the bare minimum.
We will be looking to raise further sums to continue the development and breadth of the app and to reach children throughout the UK.
Future plans and development:
Following the upcoming development phase to increase the range of storylines to cover other topics in partnership with Gloucestershire schools and Agencies we would expect to continue development to cover a wide range of topics which would have relevance for other age groups throughout the country.
The topics deal with Cyber risks in three main Groups:
1. threats to the individual – covering such issues as grooming, sexting, hate crime, in-game threats and identity theft;
2. threats to family – communities and democracy, dealing with extremism, fake news and social engineering; and
3. Legal and ethical issues – covering digital forensics, social media, data security and encryption, and artificial intelligence.
The challenges faced by young people are complex and the threats are growing, so finding ways to inform young people and prepare them for what they might face in the future is why the Trust started this project – to put a safety device into their hands, on their own mobile device.
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