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Information from South Yorkshire Police's Cyber Protection Officer

Dear Parents and children


If you have an interest, talent or curiosity in gaming, coding or other cyber related disciplines then there are a range of helpful online activities available to ethically test, challenge and develop your cyber skills, whether or not you are considering a career in tech. So why not give it a go?


Cyber Security Challenge 

Competitions designed to test cyber skills.


Digital Cyber Academy

Immersive labs - Free cyber training for part or full time students in higher education.



Interested in learning to code? This is a great place to start.



Free online IT and cyber security training platform. Self-paced learning, ideal to grow skills.


Free Code Camp

Thousands of free videos, articles, and interactive coding lessons.


Hack the Box

Platform to advance penetration testing and cyber security skills online.



BBC Own it App


The BBC Own It keyboard and app can help kids enjoy the internet and connect with friends much more safely.


Guidance and support during online chat - the special keyboard can be used like any other keyboard, but it also offers advice to children as they type and intervenes to support children with tips and advice.  The information and guidance can help your child with their fears and emotions around a wide variety of subjects.  The keyboard works on all messaging/social platforms.

Wellbeing – writing down how you feel has proven benefits.  The app has an easy to use diary feature and mood tracker that helps kids express themselves in a fun way and manage their emotions.

Connecting with others - The keyboard is packed full of gifs, emojis and conversation suggestions to help young people express themselves or even to swerve the conversation.

Entertainment – there’s loads of other fun stuff for kids to enjoy including quizzes and videos – which will also help them make the best decisions in their online life.

Privacy  - Everything that your child types is kept completely private, and never leaves the Own It app.


The BBC Own It keyboard and app is free to download from the Apple and Google Play app stores. It’s ad-free and there are no in-app purchases.


We hope that you find the ideas useful over the summer . For parents we have also included a parent pack to give further information


Kind regards


South Yorkshire Police Cyber Protection Team