The competition winners (l-r) - Cameron Mackenzie, Christina Matheson, and Leon Campbell
Three talented pupils from The Nicolson Institute were presented with Amazon vouchers today thanks to their winning designs for Western Isles Child Protection’s new Child Safety posters and literature.
The presentation comes as school pupils throughout the Western Isles take part in events and discussions to mark international movement ‘Safer Internet Day’ today (Tuesday, February 6th).
The Western Isles Child Protection committee invited island school pupils to help redesign their Child Safety posters and literature, and 171 Nicolson pupils entered the competition. And with such competition, the judging panel could not decide on just one design, but selected three for use in future Child Safety literature – the bright, eye-catching, and though-provoking designs of Leon Campbell (2F1); Christina Matheson (1S1), and Cameron Mackenzie (2P7).
Presenting the trio with their prizes, Michael Stewart, Acting Child Protection Chair, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to have such engagement from so many first and second year pupils at The Nicolson.
“I’m glad I wasn’t on the judging panel as I know they had a tough shift; but I think they have chosen the right three as they are all really keen designs with strong messages.”
Nicolson Rector Frances Murray added: “I think you will be helping a lot of your peers through these messages as the young people looking at these designs know they are coming from other young people. That will make a big difference.”
The winning posters - eye-catching and thought-provoking
Also attending the poster winners’ presentation were members of the judging panel and school, including Emma Macleod, Education Attainment; Dorothy MacDonald, Senior Nurse Child Protection at NHS Western Isles; Inspector Jane Nicolson, Police Scotland; Michael Stewart and Gordon Mackay, Child Protection, CnES; and Neil Rowlands, Principal Art Teacher, and Frances Murray, Rector, The Nicolson Institute.
From cyber bullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and choose a topic reflecting current concerns.
With events taking place in 130 countries around the world, Safer Internet Day 2018 follows the theme: ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’.
Coordinated by the joint InSafe/InHome network, with support of the European Commission and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe, the Day is a call to action for everyone to play their part in creating a better internet for all, in particular the youngest users out there.
For further information about Safer Internet Day and events taking place, please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk
The Nicolson Institute winners with judges and representatives from The Nicolson and Western Isles Child Protection committee (l-r): Neil Rowlands; Emma Macleod; Dorothy MacDonald, Frances Murray, Michael Stewart, Inspector Jane Nicolson, and Gordon Mackay