Promoting the Safer Internet Day theme ‘Play your part for a better Internet’, the Education Authority announced the winners of its first e-safety competition via a live video stream to over 230 primary and 62 post primary schools throughout Northern Ireland, at a special studio screening organised by C2k and EAtv, with Junior Minister McCann presenting the top prizes to schools.
Schools were invited to submit a short video sharing their views on what young people should do to make their Internet experience safer.
Judged by a panel of experts from C2k, EAtv, UK Safer Internet Centre, NI Anti-Bullying Forum and Safeguarding Board NI, the winning primary schools,St Dallan’s PS Warrenpoint; Fairview PS, Ballyclare and Roan St Patrick's PS, Dungannon and post primary schools, Killicomaine Junior HS, Portadown; Fivemiletown College and St Joseph’s GS, Donaghmore will now see their films used as a C2k Internet safety resource.
Education Authority Chairperson, Sharon O’Connor, said: “The Authority is delighted to be involved with UK Safer Internet, and other partners, to deliver a competition that engages young people in addressing key issues regarding their safety online. Over 70 videos were submitted by schools, in powerful and creative formats, and can now be viewed as Internet safety resources by pupils, parents and teachers, throughout Northern Ireland. As this is the first year of the competition I wish to commend schools on the very high standard of entries supporting positive and safe engagement online and I look forward to seeing more short videos created by schools in the future.”
Presenting the winning schools with their prizes, Junior Minister McCann, said: “The ‘Play Your Part for a Better Internet’ initiative is an excellent example of how children and young people can be empowered to share their knowledge and use online resources to promote positive messages about online safety. Safer Internet Day provides a focus for this learning. While the Internet is a powerful tool for knowledge, socialising and sharing information it is essential young people know how to handle it responsibly and what to do if faced with inappropriate or unsuitable content or situations.
“I had the opportunity to talk with, and more importantly listen to, post-primary participants today. All the schools from primary level upwards are to be congratulated on their innovative use of user-generated content to tell their stories.
“As a parent as well as a Minister, I understand how daunting the Internet can be at any age. You can be bombarded with information and comments which can put a strain on your mental health and emotional wellbeing. Sadly we have witnessed tragedy in our own community as a result of Internet bullying. All the young people who have taken part today have shown they are determined to make their voices heard on what we can all do to make the Internet safer. I am encouraged by their enthusiasm and determination to inspire a kind, respectful and inclusive internet.”
Taking home the top prizes of a Pro Book and a Laptop for their schools, Killicomaine Junior HS won the KS3 entry with ‘Stop Horsing Around Online’ and St Dallan’s PS for ‘SMART Internet Safety’ in the primary category.
The winning films from the ‘Play your part for a better Internet’ competition can be viewed on the C2k new Media Library platform.
Post Primary - Key Stage 3 (Age 11 to 14)
1st Killicomaine Junior High School, Portadown – ‘Stop Horsing Around Online’ – 1st Place Trophy, Pro Book and a Laptop
2nd Fivemiletown College – ‘SID_French_FMT_2016’ – Pro Book
3rd St Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore – Laptop
Primary – Key Stage 2 (Age 7 to 11)
1st St Dallan’s PS, Warrenpoint - P7 – ‘SMART Internet Safety’ – 1st Place Trophy, Pro Book and a Laptop
2nd Fairview PS, Ballyclare – ‘Don't Press Send’ –Pro Book
3rd Roan St. Patrick's PS, Dungannon – ‘eSafety Song’ – Laptop