The NCSC are delighted to announce the launch of a new online game to help primary schools, clubs and other youth groups teach children about cyber security from an early age.
CyberSprinters is a free interactive game, developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ, aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, It is designed to make learning about cyber security fun and interactive at a time when children
might begin to seek more independence online.
The online game sees players become a ‘cybersprinter’ who is racing against its own depleting battery power. Users can win battery power by correctly answering questions about cyber security but face losing it if they bump into ‘cybervillains’.
The game comes as part of a pack of educational resources which illustrate what good cyber security practice looks like, from creating strong passwords to being vigilant about receiving messages from unknown senders. The resources’ content is based around
the expert cyber security advice provided by the cross-governmental Cyber Aware campaign, which helps people protect themselves online from the most common cyber threats.
In addition to the game, the CyberSprinters materials,
accessible from the NCSC website, also include educational presentations and activities for children to complete. The resources support the school curricula across the UK’s four nations by linking in with key learning objectives, and have been developed
for use in formal settings such as classrooms as well as in non-formal settings such as by clubs and youth organisations.