Online safety prize

Year two pupils from The Prince of Wales First School, Dorchester have won an online safety competition, Dorset’s ‘View Online’ has reported.

The competition was organised by South West Grid for Learning, and was open to all schools in the south-west of England. The aim of the competition was to emphasise the importance of e-safety and to encourage pupils to make e-safety messages and deliver them in a way that would make a difference to the attitude of others.

Gary Spracklen, school ICT Co-ordinator, explained how pupils at The Prince of Wales First School created their entry: “As a year two class we thoroughly enjoyed making our e-safety video and engaged in the design process using Merlin, our school’s virtual learning environment. 

“Children began the process by accessing a range of relevant e-safety websites through our class page. The children then used a discussion board to share their thoughts and ideas of how we could communicate an e-safety message to children in a 30-second TV commercial.”

Beatha Dalgleish and Lauren Crane, both in year two, explained how they came up with the SAFE internet “surfer” theme. Beatha said: “I knew people use the word ‘surfing’ for two fun activities, so I put the two together to create the idea of SAFE surfing.”

Lauren explained how following their idea, the girls enlisted the help of their classmates: “We asked everyone to bring in a bodyboard and we made a wave in our school hall using PE equipment and bits of blue and white fabric.”

The children, who enlisted the help of year four pupils Lauren Welch and Emerald Rymer to record their entry, now have an exciting day’s radio broadcasting to look forward to with Cylde Broadcasting. 

The school also won a prize pack including a digital camera, flip video camera, and digital photo frame.