E-safety week!

E-safety is a crucial part of day-to-day life in primary schools. Children are always discovering new technologies and it is important that they are guided to use them effectively and responsibly. So this week, the Switched on Computing team are going to focus on all things e-safety!

FREE poster

Download your FREE e-safety poster to display in your classroom!

Competition time!

The Switched on Computing team is challenging primary school children up and down the country to design their own e-safety poster! All of the entries will be showcased on the website and the winning entry will be designed and printed so you can display it in your own classroom. The poster should:

  • provide advice about e-safety
  • be written for primary school children
  • be colourful and engaging!


1st prize
The winning poster will be professionally printed and presented to your school.
Your school will receive a £500 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

2nd prize
Your school will receive a £200 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

3rd prize
Your school will receive a £100 voucher to spend on any Rising Stars resources.
The children will win a set of Learn to Code practice books worth £300.

All entries submitted will be showcased on our online gallery.

How to enter

Entries submitted can be a jpeg, PDF, Word document, PowerPoint or a photocopy or photograph of a drawing.

All entries should be emailed to oliviatanner@risingstars-uk.com or tweeted to @switchedoncomp.

The closing date is 31st July 2015 and the winner will be announced 3rd September 2015.

Terms and conditions

Please ensure you have the pupils’ permission before submitting an entry.

If there are any photographs of pupils included on the poster, please ensure you have consent from the parent/guardian.

The closing date for entries is 31st July 2015.

Stay updated

Would you like a round up email of all the e-safety blog posts and information at the end of the week? Sign up to receive computing updates by simply creating a My Rising Stars account and select computing as your subject preference.

You will receive an e-safety newsletter including all the e-safety blog posts, free poster and competition information, as well as a termly email about all things computing including freebies, lesson ideas and more. It is free to sign up and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Sign up now!

Rising Stars also want to find out how confident teachers are in delivering e-safety sessions and teaching children about staying safe online and being a responsible digital citizen. There’s just 3 quick questions to answer and the Switched on Computing team will publish the results on our community site!

Childnet’s Film Competition invites young people to get creative about E-safety!

National competition invites young people aged 7-18 to enter challenge to create a short film about internet safety.

Childnet is encouraging schools and youth organisations across the UK to enter their Film Competition, which showcases the positive and inspiring use of the internet.

 The competition offers three themes about young people’s digital lives:

The third category is new for this year! Childnet have joined forces with PhonepayPlus, offering a new PhoneBrain category within the annual Childnet Film Competition. Aimed at 11-18 year olds the category invites young people to create a 2 minute film to inform people about ways you can use your phone to pay for and use services safely without running up high bills. Watch Childnet’s film to find out more about this category.

Childnet’s judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, are closest to the theme and have a clear message. These film-makers will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be awarded great prizes for their creative achievements!

The prizes on offer this year are bigger than ever before, including the chance to win loads of brand new filming equipment including a Canon DSLR camera. 

Get involved

If you would like to register a group of talented young people or find out more, then please email film@childnet.com or visit www.childnet.com/film-competition for more information. 

Important dates:

  1. Competition Closes Friday 12th June 2015 at 5pm
  2. Finalists Notified Friday 19th June 2015
  3. Screening and Finalist Event at the BFI Monday 13th July 2015

In need of some inspiration? Then read Childnet’s top tips for film making or take a look at some of the films that made it to the final of last year’s competition.  

Find out more www.childnet.com/film-competition

Safer Internet Day 2015 Competition

To celebrate Safer Internet day on 10 February 2015 Rising Stars are running a competition with an iPad mini as a prize.

To take part, they would like to know how your students will help make the internet a better place. Entries can be tweeted on the day with the hashtag #SOCCOMP or can be e mailed to: OliviaTanner@risingstars-uk.com.

Entries can take the form of a pledge – To help make the internet a better place, I promise I will…, or can be in the form of a recipe for a safer internet.

Resources to support this can be found on the safer internet site.

Deadline for entries will be Friday 13th February and the winning entry will be announced on Monday  23rd February.

Childnet launch the 5th Childnet Film Competition

Childnet have launched the 5th Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-16 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.

Founded in 2010 as a way of asking young people to focus on the positive uses of the internet, the Childnet Film Competition is a great way to engage schools in using technology for creative and positive uses and equip young people with the skills they need to become confident digital creators. 

As a peer focused competition budding film makers from across the UK are invited to create a short film to educate their friends and fellow pupils about online safety.  As Becky Nancarrow, Childnet Film Competition organiser, states “we want to inspire young people to use their creative skills to produce fun, imaginative and educational films that they can use to educate others about staying safe online.  This peer to peer focus ensures that young people remain at the heart of the process to make the internet a safe and great place”.

This year’s Film Competition builds on the theme from Safer Internet Day 2014, ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.  Encouraging young people to focus on the positive and inspiring uses of the internet, this overall theme is the basis for the individual primary and secondary school category themes. 

For Primary, Childnet are challenging pupils to create a 60 second film that explores, how would you make the internet a better place for you and your friends?

For secondary, Childnet are challenging pupils to create a 2 minute film expressing, what does a perfect online world mean to you?

With all the shortlisted finalists invited to a private screening of their film at the BFI in London the Childnet Film Competition is a chance to celebrate young people’s creativity online. 

For further details please see Childnet Annual Competition Flyer.