When it comes to making school more relevant to kids, there are a number of things which should be taken on board. There is no doubt that technology should play a greater role in the education system. There are plenty of people who don’t like the rising reliance on technology in the school system but given that one of the main roles of the educational system is to prepare kids for “real life”, this has to be part of the curriculum.
It is essential to ensure that kids learn the basics and understand a variety of topics but with computers and gadgets being an integral part of the modern world, there is a big need for schools to focus on these issues.
There is also a need for schools to ensure people are ready to go into many different jobs and industries. There needs to be some form of platform that offers the basics to a pupil and this is where many schools are channelling their energies. There is no doubt that computers are going to be integral in modern life but there is also a lot to be said for ensuring kids are safe and secure when they use computers.
There is a strong argument that some school time should be devoted to ensuring kids are aware of the dangers of being online and what risks to look out for. While a large part of this will focus on the dangers and risks that affect them on a personal level, it makes sense to consider the cybercrime that could affect them. On some levels, all pupils should be involved with this form of educational activity as it will help them to be fully prepared for the dangers that life may throw at them.
Kids need to develop these skills
However, there is also a need to develop people who have an interest in working with cybercrime security in the future and this is where a lot of debate is falling at the moment. New material is being lined up for schools in Great Britain where kids as young as eleven years old will be provided with information and guidance about careers in cyber security. The material will come from the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills and while there will be a general focus on this style of crime and how to stay safe, there will be focus placed on the employment aspects of this industry.
This is a growing area of importance
A recent study into cybercrime has stated that awareness of this crime, and the possible employment opportunities that are available from it, are not at the level they should be. This means that there is a potential skills shortage in the United Kingdom for this style of work, which could place the UK at a disadvantage in the global market. It also means that some UK business could find themselves at risk of attack from criminals from around the world if there is a perceived belief that the UK security for this style of crime is not at a satisfactory or suitable level. These are situations which should be avoided and given the current employment and economic situations in the United Kingdom, anything which can help to strengthen employment opportunities in the country, while improving financial security, has to be seen as a positive thing.
While many people will instinctively think of jobs in the private sector, there will be a need for law enforcement agencies and a number of intelligence areas to have computer experts on board. There will also be the need for all sorts of bodies, authorities and councils to ensure that they are up to speed when it comes to maintaining a strong level of security for their computer systems and databases. The wide diversity of firms and bodies that will require intelligent and experienced staff members for key roles means that there will be a lot of jobs in this area. This is where providing pupils with guidance and teaching to meet these goals is likely to be positive for pupils, schools and the overall economy.
It is understandable that some people will be uncomfortable with enterprises and external partners dictating school policy but the benefits of doing so may be suitable for a wide range of parties.
Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professional for 8 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn’t sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.