Pupils encouraged to stay safe online

06 February 2015

Basketball star Kieron Achara

Basketball star Kieron Achara

More than 100 senior pupils heard from basketball star Kieron Achara on staying safe online at an event held at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Wednesday, February 4.

The Glasgow Rocks and Team GB athlete addressed pupils from Bearsden Academy and John Paul Academy in Summerston and students 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.


Achara 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.”

Representatives from iomart, Dell and Young Scot offered expert advice on internet security and GCU’s Ethical Hacking Society provided information about potential careers and degree programmes available, such as GCU’s Digital Security, Forensics and Ethical Hacking programme.

Opening the conference, Professor John Wilson, Vice Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Student Experience at GCU, encouraged pupils and students to build a positive online presence ensuring their achievements, success stories and qualities are promoted online.

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