This week we are really excited to have announced the winners of our Internet Safety Poster Competition! We had nearly 3,000 children enter our poster competition this year, which was run in conjunction with Internet Safety Day, and the standard of entries was extraordinarily high.
It took judges Tim Loughton, local MP of East Worthing & Shoreham, Gary Shipton, Editor in Chief of Sussex Newspapers and our own Managing Director James Stoner hours to work their way through the enormous pile of entries and even longer to deliberate the final winning three. In fact it was such a task that James decided to award a further three children runner up prizes as the quality of entries was so high.
A huge well done to everyone who entered, but without further ado here are our winners:
In first place was Henry who is in Year 5 at Wisbourough Green Primary School in West Sussex. Henry designed a considered and amusing poster featuring an Internet safety character Phoney who was dedicated to educating young people about the safest way to use the Internet. Phoney’s top tips and winning smile were just some of the details which propelled the poster into first place.
Coming in close second was Tilly who is a Year 3 student at St Nicolas and St Mary’s CofE Primary School in Shoreham-by-Sea. Also featuring a charismatic Internet safety character called Sid, Tilly’s fun design gave five clear rules for staying safe online.
Finally, in third place we have Amelie a Year 2 pupil from Moss Lane Primary School in Godalming. Amelie’s brightly coloured multi-medium design really stood out with three-dimensional elements drawing attention to the useful Internet safety hints and tips scattered across the page.
In addition to the eSafe vouchers each child won for their school, they were also awarded a fantastic Polaroid Digital Camera to take home!
At JSPC we are passionate about protecting children and young people from the dangers they may come into contact with by having an online presence. Filtering and monitoring systems go a long way to helping protect vulnerable young people, however education is one of the most powerful tools we have. Competitions such as this are a great way of making children aware of best online practices and giving them the tools to identify that a situation is potentially dangerous.