Resources

We have assembled some highly relevant resources that may be useful for schools, parents and others with an interest in cyber, internet safety and awareness. This list started during the various COVID lockdown periods from 2020 into 2021 and beyond as schools have returned – as schools and after-school activities increasingly include cyber security and internet safety into things.  This is not by any means a comprehensive listing and is not limited to cyber, nor is it an endorsement, but things we have come across or used that we have found helpful and interesting.  New ideas for this section are welcome – just get in touch through info@thecybertrust.org.  We have also started in include more general careers information around cyber.

Many schools/workplaces/families are suddenly relying on digital technologies. In this context, online safety is more important than ever; The Better Internet for Kids and Safer Internet Day organisations have published useful tips to stay safe online during and beyond the pandemic.

Internetmatters.org have online safety resources for teachers through their safety resource hub to access a range of information for use in the classroom and to help parents make positive changes to children’s digital lives. Includes a parent pack for teachers and lots of presentations. https://www.internetmatters.org/schools-esafety/

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have produced a suite of school resources for teachers to use when discussing privacy issues and the value of personal data. The lesson plans cover what counts as personal data, why it is valuable and how to keep it safe when using social media. The resources are free to download and use. They have also produced a set of worksheets for each PowerPoint to facilitate discussion.  https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/posters-stickers-and-e-learning/school-resources/?s=03

There is some sound advice here too on children and screen-time, and on how to keep your home-office safe and secure: https://www.cablecompare.com/blog/how-to-keep-your-home-office-safe-and-secure and https://www.cablecompare.com/blog/children-and-screen-time

In the US, Custom-Writing have created an article called “Staying Safe Online: 6 Threats, 9 Tips, & 1 Infographic” because an awareness of cybersecurity threats is essential. Here is the link: https://custom-writing.org/blog/staying-safe-online

Also in the US, a guide to make parents and others aware of the risks they are putting children through by allowing them unsupervised time on the internet – in particular YouTube:  https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/parents-guide-for-safe-youtube-and-internet-streaming-for-kids/

And a StudyCorgi blog explains some common digital threats students may face and provides online safety tips. The article also includes a great infographic.  Cybersecurity Threats for Students & How to Fight Them: Guide + Infographic | Blog StudyCorgi.com

The following guide offers an overview for anyone considering a future career in cyber security. It covers the experience and qualifications needed, day-to-day responsibilities, potential earnings, and what other roles you could branch into long-term:  https://www.coursesonline.co.uk/h/how-to-become-a-cyber-security-expert/

You can always look here if you want a break from cyber!

Free home schooling resources from museums & heritage sites – A THREAD: https://twitter.com/thatmuseumgirl_/status/1348635325216792581

Virtual library gives children in England free book access – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-55692137  Internet classroom Oak National Academy created the library after schools moved to remote learning for the majority of pupils until February half-term.

Meanwhile, on and related to cyber, not in any particular order:

Firstly, there is our own internet safety and awareness App:

SpeakOut!

The app is available to users through the Google Play and Apple App Stores, as a simple download just like any other app (search for “SpeakOut! in the smartphone searcher with the above logo)

From our friends at Cyber Security Challenge, Visit Cyberland try the demo or jump straight in to this series of fun, interactive online games that help teachers and after school club leaders introduce key concepts in cyber security:  https://cybergamesuk.com/ .  With effect from 1 October 2021 includes a new Rock Defenders suite (based on a Rock of Gibraltar theme).

From Northern Ireland, Sync NI – Free cybersecurity courses for NI children aged 11-14

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Broadbandsearch.net have come up with “17 Rules to Protect My Child Online” on internet safety for kids which is well worth a look https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/internet-safety-kids

Do you know a future Doctor, Programmer or Engineer? Why not put their skills to the test with 22 exciting and educational packs from CGI’s #STEMfromHome programme! STEM from Home | CGI UK

Cyber Choices: is from The National Crime Agency (NCA) helping you choose the right and legal path:  https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/cyber-crime/cyberchoices

TechUK: Resources to stay connected and improve digital skills amid COVID-19 – in particular look at the support now available from telcos for remote education: https://www.techuk.org/resource/telecoms-support-for-remote-education-connectivity-and-digital-skills.html

Futurelearn is presently expanding its Coding and Programming offerings with an extended range of free and premium courses.  It’s a mix of “get your feet wet” and “dive-in” courses.  You can see their Coding and Programming courses here: https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/it-and-computer-science-courses/coding-programming.

Natterhub – Innovative Online Safety and digital literacy tool, Y1-Y6.  Free Trials available.

100 Things to do Indoors https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk/product/100-things-to-do-indoors/ 

Safer Internet Day 2021 was on 9 February 2021, with the theme “An internet we trust: exploring reliability in an online world. Lots to look at going forward in anticipation of Safer Internet Day 2022 (29 October 2022)

Family Days Tried and Tested https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com/

A US based site here, in the form of a list of the 20 best free websites that provide engaging and fun learning experiences for you and your children. Each website caters to a wide range of ages with games and interactive lessons that won’t bore even the most fidgety kids. You can use them all at no cost: https://www.wizcase.com/blog/best-online-resources-to-help-kids-learn-from-home/

Barclays UK:  The latest Code Playground Live session; a free lesson teaching kids how to code, hosted by the @Digitaleagles  –   barc.ly/2QxGNqm

Cyber Security Challenge UKSchools Programme Information including Lesson Plans

Cyber Crisis, a board game that educates and raises awareness of cyber security, whilst bringing the whole family together. Created by one of the finalists in Cyber Centurion VI.

HUMBLE BOOK BUNDLE: Includes resources for kids on coding, sometimes with free offers https://www.humblebundle.com/

Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 100,000 courses and 24 million students. Learn programming, marketing, data science and more. Lots of good content and fairly cheap.

Get Safe Online site contains a wealth of useful information.

Cynja – from ISACA: CynjaSpace is a revolutionary internet security app combining the safety, control, and activity reports parents need, with the fun and freedom of using the web and chatting with friends that kids want.

On Coding, Scratch is good for the younger ones – a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Possibly Python for the older ones – some start before age 11 – Python is a programming language and can be used on a server to create web applications.

Also on Python, the Science, IT and Engineering job board at Jobtensor has built a tool for learning Python on https://jobtensor.com/Python-Introduction. They created this tool because they have many tech users on their site who want to improve their programming skills.

AQA Lesson Plans for GCSE Computer Science – includes Fundamentals of Cyber Security 

South East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s Cyber Choices team have developed a lesson plan which aims to teach the Computer Misuse Act and highlight career opportunities in Cyber Security. This lesson plan is intended for Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8.  Scroll down the link for the various materials:  https://serocu.police.uk/champions/

Not cyber but interesting!  easyJet have launched ‘Flightsize’ lessons – a collection of online video lessons, to support parents across the nation still juggling home-working and home-schooling. The six Flightsize lessons below can all be found on the easyJet YouTube channel – https://lnkd.in/d_-4qTe

– How Planes Fly
– Why is Weather Important?
– How Do You Turn a Plane On?
– How do Pilots Know Where They Are Going?
– Outside Parts of An Aeroplane
– The Inside of An Aeroplane

Global Cyber Academy https://www.globalcyberacademy.com

Canadian site https://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/past_contests.html#bcc.
There are ‘past contests’ and full solutions for Canadian years 5/6 and years 7/8 (UK equivalent years 5.5/6.5, etc). This site is available publicly and comes out of the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Maths and Science

Royal Institution computing courses for beginner/adults – pages of web links and lots for children

OU – many free MOOCS on cyber

Cyber School: Free Cyber Security & Computer Science Education for UK School Pupils. Free to attend, live & online cyber security school for UK school pupils.

The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety
https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/the-parents-guide-to-teaching-your-teen-online-safety/

This seems like a great initiative from linkedin.com/posts/tinesh-c Decipher Cyber – Jenny have been approved on the UK Gov Kick Start programme and will start looking to recruit 30 young learners over the next 12 months. Must be: 16-24 years old On universal credit Based in UK

Depending on the age there is www.CodeCombat.com (PC, probably 8 and up), Coding Safari (iOS, 4 and up), Discovery Education has some basic stuff suitable for 4 and up too.

Kano (kano.me) do gamified coding for kids, working from the very basic stuff up. Kano is particularly good for Python.

We have heard good feedback on https://scratch.mit.edu/ at school. Lessons get built around it, teachers set pupils challenges and they then have to replicate and work out how to do it. At home you can sign up to it as a parent and you can get access to tutorials and activity guides.

CGI released some STEM activity packs in 2020 to help with home schooling. Coding and design are covered by some of the packs. https://www.cgi.com/en/corporate-social-responsibility/communities/stem-at-cgi/stem-at-home

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming has good reviews.

If you want a structured approach CoderDojo is good. They set up local chapters. Some of it will be online.  https://coderdojo.com

One of our Trustees (DT) has assembled a number of online games or challenges that cover interesting aspects of online information etc. Try some of them out if you have time as the outcomes may surprise you:

(1) The Canadian Journalism Federation’s website NewsWise features an online game where you guess if something is fake or real.

https://doubtit.ca/test-yourself/

(2) Is it Real or Photoshopped? (by Adobe):

https://landing.adobe.com/en/na/products/creative-cloud/69308-real-or-photoshop/index.html

(3)Fake or Foto?:

https://area.autodesk.com/fakeorfoto

(4)Play “FakeOut” (CIVIX/Newsliteracy.ca):

https://newsliteracy.ca/fakeOut

(5) BBC iReporter (you’re a BBC journalist covering breaking news and have to decide whether or not to post things on social media):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-8760dd58-84f9-4c98-ade2-590562670096

(6) In “Bad News (Junior),” by DROG, a team of academics from Cambridge University and media experts–you become a fake news creator:

http://getbadnews.com/droggame_book/junior/#intro

(7) Play “Reality Check” by Media Smarts and learn how to check whether something is fake or real:

http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/games/reality-check/index.html#/

(8) University of Akron – Fake News Quiz:

https://akron.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2bhqIwpegOtj5yZ

 

Various: (the links are in a list below these images)

FREE WEBSITES AND APPS TO SUPPORT WITH MATHS AND SCIENCE

Top Marks – www.topmarks.co.uk

Dragon Box (Paid App) – www.dragonbox.com

Bee Bot App for Computing (Free App) – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bee-bot/id500131639

Times Table Rockstars (Paid App) – https://ttrockstars.com

Cbeebies – Numberblocks – www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

Explorify for Science – www.explorify.wellcome.ac.uk ICT Games – For Literacy and Maths – www.ictgames.co.uk

Prodigy Maths (Free App) – www.prodigygame.com

SCHOOL SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES TO SUPPORT WITH SCHOOL CLOSURES

Twinkl – Subscription service used by schools is offering a free premium service for educators, parents and children to use whilst schools are closed. Worksheets, PowerPoints and interactive games to support all areas of learning. www.twinkl.co.uk

Classroom Secrets – Maths and reading home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures. Free access to child version of site. https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/home-online-learning/

Espresso – Interactive games, videos and information to support all curriculum areas. www.discoveryeducation.co.uk

White Rose Maths – Maths home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures. https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/%20primary-sols/

Master the Curriculum – Maths subscription service has made resources free for educators and parents. www.masterthecurriculum.co.uk

Primary Stars – Maths home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures (KS1). https://primarystarseducation.co.uk/covid-19-year-1/

Mrs Mactivity – Provide your email to be sent free activities and resources to support with home learning. www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/free-resources-2/

Classroom Secrets – Maths and reading home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures. Free access to child version of site. https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/home-online-learning/

MINDFULNESS AND KEEPING ACTIVE

Smiling Mind Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness https://app.smilingmind.com.au

Cosmic Yoga Yoga videos designed for kids aged 3+ www.youtube.com/user/cosmickidsyoga

BBC Supermovers Interactive videos to support with KS1 and KS1 maths, Literacy, PHSE and PE Learning. Great for times tables as well as videos that are ‘just for fun’ www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Go – Noodle – Youtube (More Videos on their Website) Hundreds of ‘braincercise’ , dancingstrength and mindfulness videos – as well as videos that are ‘just for fun’ www.youtube.com/user/gonoodlegames/featured

Premier League Stars Videos and activities to support with Maths, Literacy PSHE and PE www.plprimarystars.com

Newsround Keeping children up to date with the world around them – creating opportunities to talk about the news with children www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

PHONICS AND EARLY READING

Phonics Play – www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

Phonics Bloom – www.phonicsbloom.com Letters and Sounds – www.letters-and-sounds.com

Cbeebies-Alphablocks – www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

Teach your monster to read (Website is Free – Paid App) – www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

Oxford Owl – www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Reading Teach Handwriting – Cursive Practice – www.teachhandwriting.co.uk

Vooks – Storybooks brought to life – www.vooks.com

Scholastic – Classroom Magazines https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/early learning.html

Spelling Shed (Paid App) – www.spellingshed.com