Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe – Jo

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is urging local primary schools to take part in the seventh year of the Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged 9 to 11.

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.

This year's competition has been specially designed to help children use the internet safely and creatively. 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.

Children will be asked to create an infographic – a digital poster – that tells other people what they've learned and how they too can be safe on the web. This reinforces the learning and helps spread the word about using the internet securely.

£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.

The closing date for entries is April 6, 2013.

Commenting Jo said:

"I encourage all local primary schools to get involved with Make IT Happy this year.

"Woodhill Primary in Bishopbriggs won the contest in its first year and it would be great if another East Dunbartonshire school was successful.

"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.

"For further information and details of how to enter, visit the website at"

  • About PICTFOR

The Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum(PICTFOR) provides a forum for MPs, Peers, senior civil servants, academics and ICT professionals to exchange information and opinions. It has evening meetings in a Committee Room of the House of Commons on the policy implications of new technologies, and holds receptions and an annual dinner in the House of Lords. The Committee also provides in-depth briefing papers for Members of Parliament.

  • About e-skills UK

e-skills UK is the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology, rated 'outstanding' in the relicensing of Sector Skills Councils. We work on behalf of employers to ensure the UK has the technology skills it needs to succeed in a global digital economy. Our work covers software, internet & web, IT services, telecommunications and business change.

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