Cyber Choices is a national programme designed to reduce cyber crime, including illegal hacking of computers and networks, denial of service and the writing, distribution or deployment of malware. These are offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
The programme has four main aims:
explain the difference between legal and illegal cyber activity
encourage individuals to make informed choices in their use of technology
increasing awareness of the Computer Misuse Act 1990
promoting positive, legal cyber opportunities
Cyber Choices is co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency. The Met, along with the City of London Police, are responsible for telling people in London about the programme.
We work with specific individuals who may be vulnerable to committing cyber crime and divert them onto a more productive path by using educational visits, workshops and online training.
If you have concerns someone may be vulnerable to being drawn into cyber criminality or know an individual who would benefit from advice from our team, please consider referring them.
Anyone can refer someone they feel would benefit from working with the Cyber Choices team. Parents, teachers, social workers or police officers often make referrals.
To refer someone, please contact us using our quick and simple online form selecting the referral option. Someone from our team will then contact you to discuss your referral.
Please note even if someone is referred to the Cyber Choices programme, any safeguarding concerns you have about them must still be reported to the relevant authority. If you think a crime has been committed you must report it to us immediately.
The Cyber Choices programme is voluntary. Our team can't work with anyone who's subject to a cyber crime investigation until the conclusion of the case.
Advice and support
Cyber Choices helps parents, teachers, or youth workers know what to look out for if they’re concerned about their child or a young person they work with.
We'll give them advice on how to safeguard the young person and divert them onto a more positive path.
The Cyber Choices team can arrange and deliver informative presentations in schools, youth groups or other organisations in London to raise awareness of the Computer Misuse Act and point out positive ways young people can develop cyber skills.
To find out more or to ask the team for a presentation, please use our contact form.
We have a range of materials (brochures, leaflets and videos) available to test and develop your cyber skills. If you'd like printed copies, they're available free on request.