Warwickshire announce winners of Safer Internet Day 2018 creative writing awards for schools

Today, Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police and key strategic partners announce the winners of the Safer Internet Day creative writing awards.

Children from Schools across Warwickshire were asked to submit a creative piece – whether it was a poem, a song or a short story piece – of no more than 200 words on the key themes of Safer Internet Day: Respect Online and #BeCyberKind.

A large number of entrants were received across all three age categories (6-8 year old; 9-11 year old and 12+) and the standard was very high, leaving judges with the very tough task of picking the best. That task is now complete and we are very pleased to announce the winners of each category below:

6-8 year old category

  • 1st Place – Emma Flear, aged 7, from Kineton Primary School
  • 2nd Place – Sophia Warden, aged 6, from Arden Forest Infant School
  • 3rd Place – Thomas Forbes, aged 7, from St Benedict’s Primary School

9-11 year old category

  • 1st Place – Nataniel Finc, aged 10, from St Michael’s Church of England Academy
  • 2nd Place – Amaanya Bose, aged 11, from Milverton Primary School
  • 3rd Place – William Forbes, aged 10, from St Benedict’s Primary School

12+ category

  • 1st Place – Amy Sebastian, aged 13, from St Thomas More Catholic School
  • 2nd Place – Joel Milner, aged 12, from Alcester Academy
  • 3rd Place – Gabrielle Baker, aged 12, from Alcester Academy

Jo-An Golding, Equality and Diversity Advisor for Warwickshire Police, said:

“We are delighted with the response we had to the first Warwickshire Safer Internet Day Creative Writing Competition. Over 200 children rose to the challenge and submitted some excellent pieces, which made things quite difficult for the judging panel.

“Well done to everyone that took part, you will each be receiving a certificate. A highly commended certificate will be awarded to all those who were shortlisted in each category too.”

Karen Thomas, Community Safety Project Manager at Warwickshire County Council said:

“Huge congratulations to all the winners as shown here, for their creative submissions. It is very clear that there are a lot of very gifted and talented young writers in Warwickshire. We hope to display some of the entries around the county over coming months – keep a look out for them making an appearance near you.”

Phillip Seccombe, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“It’s really important to get the messages of how to stay safe online across at an early age, so that we can bring up a generation of digitally-savvy young people who can avoid the pitfalls and pressures of the lives we all increasingly lead online. The competition was a great way of doing this and I was delighted to be part of the judging panel. There was a great level of creativity shown across all of the entries, which bodes really well for the future.”

One of the winning entries, Untold Truth by Amy Sebastian, aged 13, from St Thomas More Catholic School is below:

Untold Truth

Louder than a crying wolf, my scream had filled the air. Just like that poor and tiny wolf, I was caught in a nightmare.

I wish the clocks could all reverse, to when I sent that text. Now, it just seems like a curse; let’s see what happens next.

I never knew it at the time; I thought he was my friend. So easy was his little crime, just like it’s a new trend.

He exposed all secrets that I said; at school I’m called a freak. I just want to crawl up in my bed, and cry until I’m weak.

The pain inside me hurts too much; I don’t think I can move. He broke me there just with his touch, there’s nothing here to prove.

My friends have figured out my pain; I finally see the light. This will not ever happen again, because I’ll do what’s right.

Do not text people you don’t know; don’t start blind friendship there. I have learnt from my mistake although, if you don’t it won’t be fair.

Learn from the mistake I made, for you I really care. Then it’ll be a game well-played; no need for desperate prayer.

 

You can find out about cyber crime in Warwickshire and how to protect yourself by visiting the new website with handy tips, tricks and videos relating to online safety: www.cybersafewarwickshire.com

You can also follow the Cyber Safe Warwickshire Team on Twitter: @CyberSafeWarks, Facebook and Instagram.