New show hacks pupils’ phones to teach online safety

The Big Data Show – featured in tomorrow’s Tes Scotland magazine - is an interactive theatre production about being a citizen in the digital age

New show hacks pupils’ phones to teach online safety

A new interactive theatre production aimed at Scottish secondaries will hack pupils’ phones live in a bid to teach them to be less blasé about their online security.

The Big Data Show – which is the focus of the big read in this week’s Tes Scotland magazine – is set to open in Perth in June, before moving to Edinburgh.

The show, which has received Scottish government funding, is billed as “part digital magic show, part history of hacking” and is the brain child of Clare Duffy, a playwright, and Rupert Goodwins, a technology journalist who was part of a group that famously hacked into Prince Philip’s email account in the 1980s.


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The show is about "cyber-resilience" and being a citizen in the digital age. It examines who knows what about you, what you are agreeing to when you download an app, and how to live with the challenges of social media.

Goodwins and Duffy hope to shock pupils in early secondary into realising the power of the devices in their pockets – as well as getting them to think about careers in data and cybersecurity in the workshops held in school.

Students who go to the show and take part in the workshops will gain a qualification in cyber-resilience and digital citizenship.

To book tickets and workshops, contact civicdigits@gmail.com

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