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Make IT Safe, Make IT Happy

Toby Perkins MP urges local primary schools to “Make IT Safe, Make IT Happy.”

Make IT Safe, Make IT Happy

Make IT Safe, Make IT Happy

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield and Staveley visited Poolsbrook Primary School today to launch an initiative to help children use the internet safely.

Toby Perkins MP says: “All parents are concerned about the dangers of internet access for their children, but in our age of technology it is impossible to protect them from afar.  I therefore fully support this initiative which looks to promote the safe use of the internet by the children themselves in a fun and creative way”.

Toby is launching a programme in Chesterfield to encourage all local schools to enter the national Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged 9 to 11.

This year’s competition has been specially designed to help children use the internet safely and creatively. Staying safe online is an important skill even for primary age children, and the competition helps them learn how to make the most of the internet without putting themselves at risk.

Children will be asked to create an infographic – a digital poster – that tells other people what they’ve learned and how they too can be safe on the web. This reinforces the learning and helps spread the word about using the internet securely.

£1,200 will be awarded to each of the regional competition finalists, with the overall winning school taking home an additional cash prize of £4,000. Winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London in June 2013.

Toby is keen for local primary schools to get involved and will be offering all Chesterfield Schools the chance to win the top prize:

“I have written to every primary school in the constituency to encourage them to get involved with Make IT Happy this year. The competition helps children gain invaluable internet safely skills, and pass them on to other people. I’m confident that pupils will enjoy the chance to work together on such an exciting and relevant project, as well as having the opportunity to win cash prizes for their school.”

Lisa Duncan, Headteacher at Poolsbrook Primary, said: ‘Children are now able to access the internet from a very wide range of devices, including mobile phones, tablets and their games consoles, so it vital that they have the knowledge and skills that enable them to keep themselves safe. We always teach the children about how to stay safe online and the’ Make it Safe, Make it Happy’ project is an excellent way to not only remind the children of this important issue but to motivate them to apply these principles to their internet use. We are delighted to work with Toby to promote this message.

The closing date for entries is April 6, 2013.

For further information and details of how to enter, visit the website at



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