NCCU cyber crime campaign teaches kids benefits of online skills

NCCU Cyber Crime Campaign teaches kids benefits of online skills

The National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) has launched a new campaign aimed at tackling cyber crime in the UK, by educating young people about how computer skills can be used positively, rather than for online crime. 

The team will get parents, teachers and schools careers advisers on board to show how skills that can be used for cyber crime are in high demand in many industries. 

As part of the campaign, they have released this video to warn of the hidden behaviours associated with online crime.

Ukie are backing the campaign to show how skills in coding and computer programming in particular can lead to successful careers in games. Committing cyber crime can have some serious consequences, and many young people aren't aware of what the severe penalties can be. Channelling these online skills into the talent pipeline in games will hopefully ensure that not only are we encouraging young people away from illegal actions, but also inspiring future games talent in the UK. 

The NCCU are also working with organisations that will help young people to develop cyber skills, such as the Cyber Security Challenge, a series of national competitions, learning programmes and networking in coding and programming; Inspired Careers, a virtual hub providing information on job and career paths in cyber security; and CREST, a not-for-profit organisation that provides exams and qualifications for cyber security professionals and also accredits companies delivering specialist advice and services to help protect businesses and government organisations from cyber attacks. 

The NCCU team are looking for volunteers from the games industry to help them share experiences of what it's like working in games. If you like to be involved, or to find out more about the campaign, check out their website, or talk to Mo. For the full length press release click here.