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Internet Safety Poster Competition Winners

The results are in! Thanks to some help from East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton judging from the excellent shortlist, we now have our winners for the 2019 Safer Internet Day poster competition.

Together for a better internet

The theme of this year’s campaign was “Together for a Better Internet” and this theme arose across many of the posters that were entered into the competition. The posters addressed a range of issues from cyber security to online games and social media.

Internet Safety Poster Competition Winners

First place was awarded to Ella Wotton Palmer, age 5, from Moss Lane School in Godalming for a colourful poster with a simple but very important message. 8-year-old Summer Gibbons from The Globe Primary Academy in Lancing and 11-year-olds Lara and Lloyd from London Meed Primary School in Burgess Hill took the two runner-up prizes.

First prize for the competition was a Chrome Book for the school of the winning pupil and two runners-up were awarded a digital camera for their school.

Stay safe online

We love running this competition every year as it’s a great way to keep the message of internet safety going throughout the year and giving back to the schools with some great prizes. The judging seems to get tougher every year, but we’re happy to have some great new posters to help us share the importance of staying safe online.

Look out for the prize-winning posters at JSPC events and remember – Be Safe Online!

Internet Safety Day Poster Competition Finals

We’ve had a tough time judging the first round of our annual Internet Safety Poster competition. We asked pupils from schools across the South East to create a poster to help inform their friends and other young people about how to stay safe on the internet.

It was very difficult to narrow it down to a shortlist. What we did notice, as well as some wonderful creativity, was that there were a broad range of ways that children need to protect their safety online. From cyber security and the danger strangers may pose on the internet to cyber bullying and seeing inappropriate materials online.

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day was “Together for a better internet” and this theme was clear across the posters, which advised speaking with parents and older siblings, being kind of classmates online and even protecting younger siblings from the internet. It was lovely to see the different interpretations and clear understanding of this message.

Some posters focussed on a single issue, and others looked at ways to stay safe across all internet activity. All of them show that events such as Safer Internet Day are very much needed, but they’re also having a positive effect. The competition was open to children from 4-11 years old and even very young children are aware that they should be careful online. That’s a great message to get out to kids as early as possible. There are lots of positive possibilities for the internet but helping children understand some of the basics of e-safety can be invaluable in making sure they are well protected.

Next week we’ll be getting together with MP Tim Loughton who will be judging the current finalists and deciding on the winners. There is a new Chromebook and digital cameras for the school up for grabs, and we’ll be announcing the full results as soon as we’ve let the schools know who the lucky winners are.

e-Safety and the momo challenge hoax

Parents and teachers were all on high alert last month when news broke of the momo challenge. The reports suggested someone was hacking into children’s phones and encouraging dangerous and harmful behaviour including self-harm. The story soon spread virally as concern grew, but a closer look at the situation showed that the whole story was a hoax. This comes as a relief to many, but the problem of identifying real threats remains – when you’re a parent or a teacher, it’s worth being careful of such warnings, but that does make you very vulnerable to hoax stories such as this.

Given the understandable worry and accompanying publicity that this story caused, it won’t be the last time that such a scenario will emerge. It can be hard to separate the hoaxes from the real threats, but the way to stay safe online isn’t to worry over every news story or potential threat, but to develop cyber security practices which mean that whether the next threat is real or a hoax, you know you’re protected.

We do a lot of work with schools on cyber security. We provide filtering tools for our broadband services which means schools can protect and monitor internet usage within the school. It’s even possible to see the detail down to individual users so that it’s easy to identify and support any children who may be vulnerable, either to cyber bullying or targeted for another online threat.

As well as the added functionality for safeguarding and content monitoring within the school’s internet access, we provide tools with a broad range of security products. However, the most important way that we help to protect schools is through comprehensive, free training that is regularly updated with the latest developments. The key to good security is to build it into your working practices and train staff to be part of the solution. There’s no point in installing the best firewall money can buy if someone has clicked on a virus in an email. It’s useful to monitor the internet usage of children in the school but you need to know what to search for and how to identify issues.

This is also good news for parents, who may not have the advantage of the same sophisticated IT tools available to schools. The most important thing is to make sure you know what your child is watching and interacting with online. Of course, you don’t want to terrify your children, but make them aware that there are dangers online – or even just remind them that they might lose access to their favourite games if a virus corrupts their IT device!

We work with Safety Net to deliver online training sessions for parents, teaching professionals and young people. As well as access to the online resources, bespoke sessions for a school can also be arranged involving assemblies, classes or workshops as required. Whether you’re a teacher or a concerned parent, such a session might help you feel a little more prepared when the next internet craze or security threat emerges.

ICT for Education Regional Conference in Brighton

We’re looking forward to attending the ICT for Education Regional Conference at the Amex Stadium in Brighton in March.

It’s always a very busy event and this year, we’re pleased to see sessions on google classroom tools and e-safety amongst other important topics. These are two areas that we’ve seen growing demand for over the past year as schools become aware of both the opportunities and challenges of the online world.

Our team will be at the event and on hand to chat through your current ICT challenges, any ideas you have for development or just if you want to find out a bit more about what we do and how we do it. You’ll also get a chance to try out some of the latest educational ICT tools.

The ICT for Education Regional Conference is always a great event and as well as the fantastic speakers and practical, inspiring sessions, it’s also a good place to network with your peers, share experiences and learn about new resources that may just work for your school.

We’re always looking to improve our solutions and our services, and we love catching up with other educational professionals. If you’re interested in attending the event on 22nd March, you can register online for a FREE delegate badge. Once you’re at the event. Don’t forget to come and say hello to our team on the JSPC stand.