There were 54 entries, involving 250 children and young people, from 12 establishments from all parts of the Central E-Safety Partnership area covering Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling council areas. In the 8-11-year-old category there were 29 entries involving 168 children; and in the 12-15-year-old category there were 25 entries involving 82 young people.
Entrants were asked to write a song or rap to help deliver a strong e-safety message and promote positive uses of technology in order to help celebrate great uses of the Internet and mobile technology, and promote tips for keeping safe online and in using mobile devices.
Entries came in several forms – whatever was easiest for the entrants to ensure there were no barriers to creativity of participants – including videos shared via online video streaming sites, some sent by email in mobile device video format, some as plain text, some as mp3 audio files and some using music notation software.
The judging panel thoroughly enjoyed the process of selecting the winning entries. All entries displayed creativity and a clear understanding of the messages being conveyed.
Winner in 12-15 age category
Braes High School, Falkirk – Lucy Ferguson, Alana MacKay, Lauren Miller, Jenna Riach with song entitled “Alone”
Teacher: Anne Patterson, Principal Teacher Information Technology
Runner-up in 12-15 age category
Denny High School, Falkirk – Jack Kellett, Jonathan Craig, Ryan Innes, Joshua MacDonald, Conall Grant, Gordon Macaloney, Eldon Tayag, Ross Forshaw
Teacher: Stacey Maitland
Joint Winners in 8-11 age category
East Plean Primary School, Stirling – Amber Currie and Laura Livingston with song entitled “Online Safety Song”
Teacher: Mark Hill
St Serf’s Primary School, Clackmannanshire – whole class P5 with song entitled “Stay Safe Online”
Teacher: Miss Alison Bain
Runner-Up – 8-11 age category
Killearn Primary School – Let You Know – Rosie Whyte, Ciara Finn and Emma Wilkes
Teacher: Ali McLean
Congratulations to all winners!
All who entered are thanked for giving of their talents and time – the judges were impressed by the quality of entries. All qualifying entries will be shared on this online space over time.
Fiona McLeod MSP, in her role as acting Minister for Children & Young People for The Scottish Government, presented the prizes to the winning pupils at a ceremony on 19 June 2015.
Thanks are accorded to the following for kindly providing prizes for winners:
RM Education Ltd www.rm.com
Haydock Music www.haydockmusic.co.uk
Stirling Council www.stirling.gov.uk
Misco UK Limited www.misco.co.uk
Choices for Life (Police Scotland and Young Scot) http://young.scot/choices-for-life/
Cineworld Falkirk http://www2.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/Falkirk
Rock the Talk Youth Music Project supported by Falkirk Council’s Community Learning & Development Service https://www.facebook.com/rockthetalkmusic