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Lichfield and Burntwood youngsters urged to show their creative side

Heather Spennelwyn, Jade Hayward and Becky Colclough at the launch of the Get Safe Online competition

Heather Spennelwyn, Jade Hayward and Becky Colclough at the launch of the Get Safe Online competition

Young people across Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to put their creative talents to good use by producing a piece of artwork, music or film that will promote e-safety to other youngsters across Staffordshire.

The Get Safe Online competition is being run as part of e-Safety month by Staffordshire’s Safeguarding Children Board and Staffordshire County Council.

Open to 16 to 19-year-olds, it gives talented teenagers a platform to showcase their work whilst promoting messages that will keep other young people safe online.

Competition hopefuls can enter work designed for one or more of three age groups, 4-11 year olds, 12-16 year olds or 17-19 year olds.

The winning entry in each category will be chosen by a panel of adults and young people and as a prize, each of the three winners will be invited to choose a piece of professional software to help them with their future artistic endeavors.

The competition closes at midnight on October 25.

Entries can be submitted online at or by post to Get Safe Online, c/o Matt Dittmer, Staffordshire Children’s Trust, Wedgwood Building,Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.

Ken Black, Chair of Staffordshire’s Safeguarding Board, said:

“The internet is a fantastic resource for young people and is something that many of them could not comprehend living without. It’s important that we make them aware of the possible hidden dangers so that they are well equipped to avoid them.

“We’re running the Get Safe Online art and media competition because who better to influence young people than young people themselves? The winning entry will be used to promote e-Safety to young people across Staffordshire.” 

Heather Spennelwyn, 16, said at the launch of the competition:

“When I think about e-Safety, the main thing I worry about is people I don’t know on MSN or Facebook. I think the Get Safe Online competition is a really good idea because we can share our experiences with other young people to help keep them safe online.” 

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