The Glasgow Evening Times has reported that over a 1000 students at GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University) are going to be warned on the longterm repercussions of reckless social media posts next week.

The interactive sessions are designed to inspire young people to consider a career in cybersecurity and have the backing of Police Scotland, Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, SQA, Young Scot, Scottish Enterprise, and Education Scotland.

Gary Ennis, managing director of digital consultancy NSDesign, will be delivering a presentation entitled Anti-Social Media, focussing on the pitfalls of using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

He said: “Social media is the playground of cyber criminals, and if you aren’t aware of the risks and dangers associated with it the results can be devastating.

“One wrong click is all it takes for your reputation, your employability, and your life to be in digital ruins. The lecture will be fast and furious and will showcase the impact of failing to think before you post.”

Featuring six 20 minute presentations, the lecture covers topics such as digital forensics, ethical hacking, and data security, and feature prizes and merchandise.

The newspaper reports that last year’s Cyber Security Christmas Lecture included warnings from Police Scotland about sexting and the security risks posed by Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home.