Launch of Make IT Happy internet safety competition for primary schools

UPDATE 24-1-13:  Make IT Happy 2013 has been nominated for a 2013 ESET CyberSmart Award.

PICTFOR is delighted to see the launch of this year’s internet safety competition for primary schools, Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe, and would like to encourage schools and parliamentarians to get involved. The winners will be invited to an Awards day in the House of Commons in June 2013. Please see the e-skills UK press release below for more details:

In partnership with PICTFOR, the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum, e-skills UK has launched the seventh annual Make IT Happy competition – Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe.

The competition has been redesigned for 2013, and provides a series of lesson plans that teach children aged 9 – 11 essential skills to keep them safe online – from email protocol to password security. After working through the lesson plans, the children have the opportunity to create their competition entry – an infographic that passes on what they’ve learned to other people.

“Starting this year, OFSTED will be monitoring schools’ e-safety performance,” explains e-skills UK’s Schools Director, Sue Nieland. “We wanted to provide something that would actively help teachers and schools, as well as providing a fun and engaging activity for children.”

With MPs from every mainstream party signing up to promote the competition, e-skills UK is hoping for widespread take up of the lesson plans, and a broad range of entries from all four nations. Winners from twelve schools will visit the Houses of Parliament in June for an action packed Awards Day.

Karen Price, e-skills UK CEO, said:

“We want children to feel confident and excited about making use of all that the internet has to offer. Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe aims to empower children at an early age with the knowledge to safeguard themselves and their personal information – these are important skills that will be valuable throughout their lives.”

For more information, visit the Make IT Happy website.

Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe is generously supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Nominet Trust.”

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