Online safety campaign and competition coming to Norfolk schools

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A new campaign aimed at teaching youngsters about staying safe online is set to kick off in primary schools across Norfolk next month.

The Internet Safety Campaign, set up by Norfolk Constabulary in association with The ChildLine Schools Service, is encouraging all Year 6 pupils throughout the county to submit their own design for a safety poster that provides safety tips for young people when using the web.

The winning poster will eventually be displayed at every primary school based in Norfolk.

Inspector Rebecca Brown from Norfolk Constabulary, who is taking charge of the project, said: “We want to ensure that children of today are mindful about keeping safe online. Technology is growing and there are so many ways in which children can now access the Internet.

“We realise that many children will rely more and more on technology as they grow up but we want to ensure that they know how to protect themselves from some of the dangers out there on the World Wide Web from an early age.

“We want young people to think every time they go online about who they may be speaking to and to recognise internet misuse such as cyber-bullying and grooming.

“We have written to all 300 schools across the county inviting them to take part. This is a great opportunity for them to help educate pupils about the dangers of the internet in a fun and informative way.”

Each poster will be judged by a panel of representatives from Norfolk police and ChildLine. The pupil who designs the winning poster will receive an iPad, with second place awarded with an iPad Mini and third place rewarded with an iPod, while every pupil who enters will also be presented with a certificate.

The deadline for entries will be March 2, 2015. For details, call the Youth and Engagement Team on 101.