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Knockavoe students scoop Safer Internet Day title

KNOCKVOE School in Strabane has been named as the joint winners of a prestigious award.

KNOCKVOE School in Strabane has been named as the joint winners of a prestigious award.

KNOCKVOE School in Strabane has been named as the joint winners of a prestigious award.

Promoting the Safer Internet Day theme ‘Be the Change: Unite for a Better Internet’, the Education Authority announced the winners of its second Online Safety competition via a live video stream to over 400 primary and 150 post primary schools throughout Northern Ireland, at a special studio screening organised by C2k and EA TV.

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Sharing first prize with Knockavoe were Arvalee School and Resource Centre, Omagh and Thornfield House School and Outreach Services, Newtownabbey in the Special Schools category.
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, UK Safer Internet Centre, NI Anti-Bullying Forum, NSPCC and SBNI, the winning schools will now see their films used as a C2k Internet safety resource.

Presenting the finalists with their prizes, EA director of Education John Collings, said, “We were delighted to be able to provide this opportunity for young people across our schools to showcase these important online safety messages. The impact of this work is much more meaningful because it has been produced for young people by young people.”

Speaking on Safer Internet Day 2017 and C2k’s Education Network service, Education Minister Peter Weir said, “Events such as Safer Internet Day are an effective and important way to increase awareness of online safety. With the increasing use of digital technology, it is vital that our young people are aware of the potential dangers online and understand how to keep themselves safe.”

The winning films from the Online Safer Internet Video Competition’ can be viewed on the C2k new Media Library platform and via the following links.

Special/Primary Programme – http://www.eani.org.uk/about-us/late

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