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'Internet vs. Reality' film collects e-safety award at Animation 14

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A film reminding youngsters that there is a difference between the internet and reality has won the first e-safety animation award from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, at Animation14. The film "Internet vs. Reality" was made by Chloe Whittall a 16 year old pupil at The Winston Churchill School in Woking, Surrey.

In a close run competition, Michael Burnett-Lee, aged 12, from Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby, on the Wirral, earned the runner up prize with this film; "How NOT to Keep Safe on the Internet". The judges also highly commended 10 year old David Kuc’s film; Online Safety, and commended: "Cyber Bullying" by Jake Hume, aged 9, both from Laleham Lea Primary, Purley, Surrey.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, joined forces with Animation 14, an animation competition for school children run by Manchester University, to create the BCS e-safety award as part of the competition.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism at the Institute says; “Congratulations to the winner and runners up. It was a very close run competition with some absolutely superb entries. We hope that these films, created by children for children, will really help drive home some of the important lessons about online safety. We all think that because we can use PCs, tablets and smartphones, that we are digitally adept, however, we also need to understand the steps we should take to keep ourselves safe online, whether it is protecting ourselves against cyber- crime or bullying or ensuring our devices are protected against viruses.”

This is the first year the annual Animation competition has included the BCS e-safety Award which asked entrants to create a one minute animation film where children explain the top tips of how to keep safe online.

Now in its seventh year, Animation 14 is the UK Schools Computer Animation Competition. It aims to enthuse schoolchildren about computer science, and to use computers creatively. The competition is free to enter and is open to students aged 7-19 at UK schools and colleges. The competition winners were announced at a summer Animation Festival and Inspirational Computer Science Day, held at The University of Manchester on 11 July 2014.

Toby Howard, Chair, Animation14, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester says: “I’d like to add my congratulations to all the winners. We’ve had some excellent entries to the competition as a whole and I’m delighted that schools and pupils embraced this new category on e-safety.”

Kate Russell, journalist, broadcaster and author of ‘Elite: Mostly Harmless’ says: “This is a fantastic all round project that brings together programming and animation skills so children can get hands on with a creative project learning them. But more than that the message they will be spreading, how to stay safe online, has to be one of the most important messages of our time and there can be no better way for children to learn this than from each other.”

The winning films can be seen at:http://animation14.cs.manchester.ac.uk/gallery/winners/