Annabel Turner, the founder of social enterprise CyberSafe Scotland, was awarded the title Cyber Community Hero at the recent virtual Cyber Community Awards organised by The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC).
CyberSafe Scotland are experts in online child protection and work with schools, families and local authorities to protect children in Scotland from online exploitation and abuse.
Awarding Annabel the title, judges said: “Annabel’s contribution to increasing online safety has been significant. We commend her for the work she has done to support schools from every learning cluster in Aberdeen as well as the huge success in using Facebook Live to reach parents. All the work that Annabel has led has resulted in positive meaningful parental engagement around online safety at such an important time. Overall, Annabel’s work is profound and she’s one of the first in Scotland to provide advanced cyber advisory for children, working for the public good.”
Annabel said, “I am thrilled and delighted to be named Cyber Community Hero 2021. I am passionate about ensuring children and young people are protected from online harms and I am committed to sharing my skills and knowledge with school staff, teachers and pupils. My goal for CyberSafe Scotland is to raise enough funds to employ digital youth support workers and operate a helpline to support schools throughout Scotland.”
Annabel practised as a barrister for 10 year before specialising in children’s digital rights, online harms and online safety. She founded CyberSafe Scotland in 2018. Annabel is a member of Aberdeen Child Protection Committee and co-chairs the specialist sub-group responsible for online safety. She is also an advisor to the International Justice Mission.