Monday, 28 January 2013

Stephen Metcalfe MP urges primary schools to “Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe”

 Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, is encouraging all primary schools in his constituency to enter the Make IT Happy competition.

Now in its seventh year, the UK wide technology challenge aims to help children use the internet safely and creatively by asking them to create a digital poster that tells other people how to safe on the web.

The competition is run by the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. It is backed by almost 100 MPs from across the UK.

Staying safe online is an important skill even for primary age children, and the competition helps them learn how to make the most of the internet without putting themselves at risk.

£1,200 will be awarded to each of the regional competition finalists, with the overall winning school taking home an additional cash prize of £4,000. Winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London in June 2013.

Mr Metcalfe is keen for local primary schools to get involved: “I encourage all of the local primary schools to get involved with Make IT Happy this year. The competition helps children gain invaluable internet safely skills, and pass them on to other people. I’m confident that pupils will enjoy the chance to work together on such an exciting and relevant project, as well as having the opportunity to win cash prizes for their school.”

The closing date for entries is April 6, 2013. For further information and details of how to enter, visit the website at