Durham Commissioner announces logo competition winners
Pupils at Etherley Lane Primary School received a visit from Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, on Friday, to announce the results of his logo design competition, of which some of the pupils were winners.
Mr Hogg first visited the school in November as part of National Anti-Bullying Week, when he invited pupils from Years 5 and 6 to design a logo for his campaign to tackle Cyber Bullying.
Mr Hogg said: "Friday morning was an excellent example of youth engagement with a subject that is very relevant to all young people. Etherley Lane pupils are genuinely interested in learning about how to stay safe online and what to do if they feel they may be bullied, or how they could support a friend being bullied, in the future".
Richard Lee from Hartlepool, who has been a recent victim of Cyber Bullying, was invited by Mr Hogg to accompany him to the school on Friday.
Mr Lee said: "I am delighted to be involved in Mr Hogg's campaign to tackle Cyber Bullying. As a victim of this crime, I was able to tell pupils in assembly from first-hand experience that people of any age can be bullied online, and they should speak out and report it if this happens to them. Raising awareness amongst children at a young age will help reinforce the message that cyber bullying is wrong and should be reported".
The pupil with the winning strap line for Mr Hogg's campaign was Cole Patton, age 9, who won a Kindle Fire. In second place for the logo design was Anthony Howells, age 11, and third place was Benjamin Jefferson, age 9, who both won Waterstones gift vouchers.
Karen Bennett, Headteacher said: "I am really proud of all the children who entered the competition. Working with Mr Hogg was an excellent opportunity to increase pupil awareness of cyber bullying and to reinforce the safe and responsible use of technology."
Other winners of the competition were four young people from Aycliffe Secure Centre, who each won a Waterstones gift voucher.
Mr Hogg said: “The purpose of this competition is not just to design a logo, but to also get young people talking together, along with their teachers, about the dangers of cyber bullying and the effect this can have on victims. I believe we have achieved this and now look forward to the next stage of further raising awareness by working with partners agencies."
Posted on Wednesday 5th March 2014