Police launch cyber bullying and online safety campaign at Kingsthorpe College in Northampton

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Pupils at a school in Northampton have been learning about cyber bullying and online safety in assembly this morning.

Shaun Johnston from the Arson Task Force at Northamptonshire Police presented the launch of the County Schools Challenge 2015 to students at Kingsthorpe College during a special assembly this morning.

Nearly 220 pupils at the school took part in the assembly where they were encouraged to think creatively to produce a unique product or service with an accompany business plan that can help promote an important and possibly life-changing message around online safety.

The year nine classes formed into groups to discuss their ideas on how to use the web safely and securely and avoid being a victim of cyber bullying.

Over a period of four to six weeks, with assistance and support from PCSO Russell Cayford, the students will researching and design their invention and devising a business strategy to combat a problem that can impact on individuals, friends and family.

The teams will show their proposals to a school judging panel of teachers and police representatives for a chance to represent their school at the semi-finals in June.

Eric Anakwa, Director of Learning for ICT & Business said: “E-safety is a subject we feel strongly about in Kingsthorpe College because of its relevance to our young learners today.

“At Kingsthorpe College our students use computer technology in various ways to enhance their learning experience. This includes the recent launch of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in our sixth form where students can now connect to our free Wi-Fi.

“By hosting the County Schools Challenge on e-safety during the national e-safety week we hope to reinforce the very positive aspects of using internet technology while highlighting the dangers of its inappropriate use.”

Want to get your school involved in this year’s challenge? Email henny.cameron2@northants.police.uk

Follow the schools activities by visiting the County Schools Challenge on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CountySchoolsChallenge and Twitter at @ncsc_challenge