Pupils to learn to stay safe online

03 February 2015

Pupils to learn to stay safe online

Basketball star Kieron Achara

Basketball star Kieron Achara will champion safer internet use when he addresses high school pupils and students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Wednesday, February 4.

The Glasgow Rocks and Team GB athlete will lead talks at the ‘Make Social Media Work for You’ event, organised by Glasgow-headquartered cloud computing company iomart in partnership with Dell, GCU and Young Scot.

The conference will provide students and more than 100 senior pupils from Bearsden Academy and John Paul Academy in Summerston with expert advice on how to best promote themselves online to future employers.

The event is part of UK Safer Internet Day, a national campaign which runs on February 10, which aims to encourage young people to embrace the opportunities offered online, while making them aware of the risks.

Achara, a sports ambassador for iomart, said: “Like many young people, I started out friending everyone who sent me a request but that turned out to be a way for so-called fans to hurl abuse through my account. I learned the hard way about who to be friends with online.

“It’s easy to lose control of your social media and present the wrong kind of image. I’m lucky that through Team GB and Glasgow Rocks, I’ve been given great advice and I hope to help more young people in Scotland understand how to promote themselves positively online.”

Representatives from iomart and Dell will focus on the importance of privacy in social media and how posts and profiles can influence future employers. Young Scot’s digital team will deliver advice and GCU’s Ethical Hacking Society will provide information on potential career paths and degrees available, such as GCU’s Digital Security, Forensics and Ethical Hacking programme.

Professor John Wilson, Vice Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Student Experience at GCU, who will open the conference said: “Supporting safer internet use and encouraging a positive experience online is important for students and young people as it provides them with the skills and confidence to build a positive online presence, ensuring their achievements, success stories and qualities are promoted for their futures.”

The ‘Make Social Media Work for You’ conference will take place between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday, February 4in the GCU Conference Suite (Refectory Extension) at GCU.

Background information on UK Safer Internet Day is available here: