SQA supports Safer Internet Day 2016

                                                                                                                            09 February 2016

Tuesday 9 February is Safer Internet Day 2016 and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will support the event, which is being marked globally by promoting the theme: ‘Play your part for a better Internet’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, hundreds of organisations will get involved to promote the safe, responsible, and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Safer Internet Day 2016 calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, and policymakers to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Over the course of the day, SQA will share its ‘top tips’ via @sqanews about staying safe online and provide links to useful learning resources available via its online community and learning platform, Ushare.

Last year, SQA launched a series of Cyber Security awards which develop digital resilience skills and knowledge in learners. The new courses enable learners to identify, understand and manage the host of online threats organisations and individuals face on a daily basis. The new qualifications are the first of their kind to be available to school-age learners; as well as those studying in college or learning through an employer or a training provider.

Dr Gill Stewart, Qualifications Director at SQA, said: "Safer Internet Day gives organisations around the world the opportunity to declare their commitment to promoting the safe use of online technology. But the challenge facing organisations and individuals in securing their online data is a significant one. Over the next five years, the number of devices connected to the Internet is set to exceed 50 billion. The opportunities for malicious intent are ever growing.

"To face these challenges, more people need to be trained, recruited and working in cyber security roles. Our qualifications provide an excellent entry point for learners. The awards have been developed in partnership with industry experts and capture the interest of learners, providing an excellent starting point for those keen to develop their skills and embark upon a career in digital security."

SQA has developed a suite of complementary qualifications in this area including Digital Literacy, Digital Passport and PC Passport, all of which help to develop and build learners’ knowledge and understanding of digital and online technologies.

SQA is also sponsoring the Holyrood Cyber Security Conference 2016 where Qualifications Manager Bobby Elliott will speak about SQA’s Computing, Software and IT qualifications. Follow updates from the conference using #cyber16.

More information about SQA’s IT and computing qualifications is available at www.sqa.org.uk/computing.

Get involved in Safer Internet Day 2016; follow @safeinternetday, #playyourpart and #SID2016.