The Cyberscene Project, which is supported by the Pureland Foundation, has been nominated for an award for its work raising awareness of the online dangers facing young people.
The Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards are part of UK Security Serious Week, which is held every October as part of European Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The Cyberscene Project is an educational campaign highlighting the problem of cyberbullying and its effects on young people. In 2016, it ran collaborative workshops with 150 students from four London colleges in conjunction with Masterclass – the in-house education arm of the Theatre Royal Haymarket – anti-bullying charity Kidscape and theatre-industry professionals to explore internet safety issues. The result was a play called Cookies, which follows the stories of seven teenagers aged 16 to 19 as they negotiate sexting, revenge porn, online friendships and online abuse, radicalisation, cyberbullying and other threats posed by the digital world.
Bruno Wang, founder of the Pureland Foundation, is committed to promoting social and emotional wellness. He says: “Cyberbullying is an issue affecting not only children and teenagers, but also adults. This play raises awareness of one of the key issues of our times and I was honoured to support it.”
Emily Jenkins, who devised Cookies, says it draws on real-life online experiences that are “terrifying and extraordinary”.
There are 14 categories within the Unsung Heroes Awards, designed to “honour the best of the UK’s IT security heroes”, according to Security Serious, a group set up by Eskenzi PR in 2015. The Cyberscene Project has been nominated in the Standout Security Awareness Campaign category.
Winners will be announced at the Unsung Heroes Awards ceremony at St Barts Brewery, London, on October 3 2018.