YouthLink Scotland, as the national agency for youth work, is committed to working in partnership to achieve the shared goal that all young people and their families are able to make the most of online opportunities, safely and equipped with knowledge and skills to protect themselves and be resilient to challenges.
The youth work sector is delivering wonderful and creative digital youth work, connecting with young people online throughout the pandemic who would have otherwise been isolated. Helping young people to grow their cyber resilience is a key part of the digital youth work offer, so that they can be connected and confident in their online lives, and develop vital digital skills for future employment.
Cyber resilience knowledge, skills and behaviours are important aspects in practitioner training and the digital transformation of youth work organisations, two of the priorities in our digital youth work strategy.
This year their Cyber Resilience projects focus on embedding Cyber Resilience into youth work and professional learning offers. YouthLink Scotland, with funding from Scottish Government is delivering:
- A small grants fund around cyber resilience resources and badges for young people
- Digital Youth Work with built in cyber resilience training programme
- Safer Internet Day conference
- Exploring accreditation for organisations delivering cyber resilient digital youth work