North Wales Police launches internet safety poster competition

SCHOOLCHILDREN across North Wales are being invited to get creative for a chance to win some great prizes for themselves and their school.

North Wales Police has launched its 2022 internet safety poster competition for primary school children across the region.

The force’s SchoolBeat programme, the Cyber Crime Team and PACT (Police and Community Trust) launched this initiative with the aim of raising awareness of how to stay safe online due to the sharp increase in the time spent online by youngsters since Covid began and the many associated issues and risks.

Last year’s competition was a huge success with 578 entries being sent in. 

The selected three winners won £300 for their school and a Llechwedd family voucher. 

The panel also chose runners-up for each area who each won £150 for their school, together with a personal prize thanks to Llechwedd Slate Mountain.

The challenge will require pupils across North Wales to design a poster or graphic highlighting the most important internet safety messages.

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A spokesman said: “The competition will require pupils across North Wales to design a poster or graphic highlighting the most important internet safety messages. It can be hand drawn or digital – be as creative as you like! 

“The safe and competent use of the internet is a vital tool in the development of our young people, and the internet is also going to be increasingly used during their education. 

“Our youngsters are our future and North Wales Police are committed to ensuring that they are safeguarded.”

Ideas to consider include:

  • Don’t give out personal information online
  • Report unwanted contact from strangers to a trusted adult
  • Settings should be changed to private or ‘Friends & Family’
  • Create strong passwords which are not shared with anyone but parents
  • Tell a trusted adult about online anti-social behaviour and cyberbullying
  • Be kind online!

Pupils are also encouraged to research websites such as the NSPCC and SchoolBeat to get advice or look at the NWP Cyber Crime Facebook page for tips and advice.

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There are lots of great prizes to win, including: 

  • Signed Ball by Welsh squad – FAW of Wales
  • Scarlets Family Ticket to Parc y Scarlets
  • 6 x Family Bounce Below tickets
  • 3 Family Season Tickets plus mascot experience – North Wales Crusaders (Winners)
  • 3 Family Ticket for a match – North Wales Crusaders (Runners up)
  • Half price North Wales Crusaders Adult Ticket for every entry (Under 16’s go free)
  • Session for up to 60 pupils at Inflatable Park – Deeside Leisure Centre
  • Half day activity session for 2 children at Plas Menai plus branded bobble hat and t-shirt
  • X4 Sun Centre Ninja Tag tickets
  • X4 Sun Centre 2 tickets
  • Echo Dot – from North Wales Police Federation
  • Family tickets to Greenwood Park
  • Dylan’s Restaurant meal voucher (£35)
  • Ribride voucher for 2
  • Gift vouchers

Prize Money for Winning Schools:

  • 1st Prize: £350
  • 2nd Prize: £200
  • 3rd Prize: £100

The competition is open from Monday, March 28 and is open to all pupils from North Wales primary schools.

Wrexham and Flintshire posters or photos of posters can be sent to InternetSafetyCompetitionEastern@northwales.police.uk or submit to your local School Liaison Officer.

The closing date is Friday, May 20.

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