Young People

The world is full of technology, and opportunities in the cyber sector are growing. We want to help support you in developing your skills in a legal, safe way so that you could get a legitimate (and well-paid!) job in cyber. Who knows – perhaps you could be the next Linus Tech Tips, Katie Moussouris or Chris Krebs!

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Skills in coding, gaming, AI, cyber security or anything digital-related, are in high demand across the world, with almost around 4 million unfilled roles around the world (ISC2 Workforce Study 2023). This means that a career in this field could allow for plenty of travel to different countries, all while practising your favourite cyber skills!

Unfortunately, the digital world can also be tempting for young people for the wrong reasons. Many are getting involved in cyber crime without realising that they are breaking the law. This can have serious consequences for someone’s broader future and not just their career.

To help you make the right #cyberchoices when you are online, make sure you are aware of the boundaries set by the law – stick within the legal limits online and when using tech! Check out our Computer Misuse Act explainer and watch the videos below to help you understand the law and potential consequences of breaking it.

Computer Misuse Act 1990 explainer video (Metropolitan Police Service)
Making the right #CyberChoices – video from the NCA (National Crime Agency)

Explore our website!

There are some educational games – some of which you may have used in school – on our Educational Resources page. For those of you aged 11-14, we highly recommend signing up to Cyber Explorers!

If you have an interest in tech and cyber, you will find some challenges and training opportunities on our Skills & Training page, and information about the wide range of job opportunities in cyber security, on our Careers page.

The National Cyber Security Centre run a training, apprenticeship and bursary scheme called CyberFirst, catering to those of you aged 12-17 and beyond. The CyberFirst scheme also run a specialist girls competition, designed to encourage and support young women interested in a cyber security career.

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