OAT students lead the way on e-safety

E-safety competition

The internet is an amazing place where we can play, learn, create and connect, but with the digital world changing all the time, how can we make sure our young people are staying safe?

In response to this, earlier this year Ormiston Academies Trust launched a competition on the theme of Staying Safe on the Internet and invited all academies across the OAT network to submit a creative and inspiring short animated film to help spread awareness of e-safety to young people.

We received an overwhelming response – 40 entries from 11 academies were submitted and seven were shortlisted. On 5 July the judging panel met to view and consider all the shortlisted entries and came to a unanimous decision. This week the winners were announced and awarded their prizes.

Congratulations to joint first place winners – Ormiston SWB Academy for their video Share Aware by Kyra, Year 7 and Joebe, Year 9, and Ormiston Forge Academy for their video Cyber Bullying: e-Safety Superhero by Dexta, Year 8. The award for second place also went to Ormiston Forge Academy for their video 13th Birthday – Be Internet Smart by Morgan, Year 8.

The competition was open to all OAT academies and students needed to include original work. Everyone involved was extremely impressed with the hard work and creativity that went into all of the entries, as well as their extensive knowledge of e-safety. As such it was decided that runners-up prizes should be awarded to all of the shortlisted students.

The panel also agreed Ormiston South Parade Academy should be recognised for their hard work in producing the only primary entry submitted for the competition and although the entry did not fully meet the brief of being an animated film, the judges were hugely impressed with the hard work, enthusiasm and knowledgeability of the pupils on the topic of e-safety.

A huge thank you to all academy students and staff who took part in this competition.

To view the winning entries, click here.