CyberSprinters – cyber online game 25th May 2021

CyberSprinters – a new teaching resource for primary schools and clubs

Introducing CyberSprinters, a new online game to help primary schools, clubs and youth groups teach children about cyber security from an early age. It is a free interactive game, developed by the National Cyber Security Centre – a part of GCHQ, aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, and is now available. It is designed to make learning about cyber security fun and interactive at a time when children begin to seek more independence online.

The online game sees players become a ‘cybersprinter’ who races against its depleting battery power. Users win battery power by correctly answering questions about cyber security but face losing it if they bump into ‘cybervillains’.

The game sits alongside 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 content is based on expert cyber security advice provided by cross-governmental Cyber Aware campaign, which helps people protect themselves from common cyber threats.

CyberSprinters materials, accessible from the NCSC website, also include educational presentations and activities for children to complete. The resources support school curricula across the UK’s four nations by linking with key learning objectives.