The Education Authority (EA) announced the winners of its third Online Safety competition via a live video stream to hundreds of primary and post primary schools throughout Northern Ireland, at a special studio screening organised by C2k and EA tv to promote the Safer Internet Day 2018 theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect - A better internet starts with you’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day 2018 is celebrated globally and the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
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, EA tv and UK Safer Internet Centre, the winning schools will now see their films used as a C2k internet safety resource.
Representatives from EA and UK Safer Internet Centre presented the top prizes to schools, awarding first prize of a new laptop and trophy to St Colman’s Primary School, Lambeg in the KS2 Category and St Catherine’s College, Armagh in the KS3 Category. The judging panel also awarded first place to Kilronan Special School, Magherfelt in the Special Schools Category.
Education Authority, Director of Education John Collings, commented;
“In Northern Ireland our vision is to inspire, support and challenge children to be the best that they can be. We want our pupils to be happy, achieve well and be safe.
Safer Internet Day is an excellent opportunity to showcase the ways in which our schools are promoting the safe use of digital technology. It also gives our pupils the chance to demonstrate their skills and talents in the use of that technology.
I am very proud of Northern Ireland’s work in this area and in particular C2k's partnership with the UK Safer Internet Centre.”
Peter Bower, Online Safety Consultant UK Safer Internet Centre said;
“Events like the EA Online Safer Internet Video Competition held on Safer Internet Day 2018 are an effective and important way to increase awareness of online safety.
It helps to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Safer Internet Day aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet.”
The winning films from the Online Safer Internet Video Competition’ can be viewed on the C2k new Media Library platform and also below.
Finalists - Special Schools Category
1st – Kilronan Special School, Magherfelt (Laptop and trophy)
2nd - Lisanally Special School, Armagh (Laptop)
Finalists - Primary – Key Stage 2 Category (Age 7 to 11)
1st – St Colman’s Primary School, Lambeg (Laptop and trophy)
2nd – Kings Park Primary School, Lurgan (Laptop)
Finalists - Post Primary - Key Stage 3 Category (Age 11 to 14)
1st – St Catherine’s College, Armagh (Laptop and trophy)
2nd - Strathern Grammar, Belfast (Laptop)