Greek pupils got a double first
The Greek pupils got first among their peers from Europe, Russia and USA since they received two out of four prizes in the competition for the fourth anniversary of Safe Internet Day.
At the same time, Greece was in the first place in terms of number of participants compared to the other 24 countries that took part in the effort pertaining to the contribution of young people in the operation of safe Internet.
In specific, the elementary school of Panagia Thasou received the “Power of Image” prize for the poster titled “The picture as the vehicle of bad and good news” and the “Netiquette” prize was awarded to the elementary school of Athens College for the video titled ‘e-values’ which in collaboration with the Czech school ZS TGM Mnichovice displayed in the best manner that our traditional values should be adopted in the internet as well.
Both schools will receive € 1,500 each to be disposed for the purchase of computers in line with their needs.
The prizes were announced by the commissioner for the Information Society and MM Viviane Reding during a special event that was held on 6th February. 200 primary and secondary schools took part in the competition; the Greek participation hit the record since 30 schools participated.
Apart from Greece a number of schools from the following countries (listed according to their descending participation rate) participated in the competition: Poland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Lithuania, Sweden, France, USA, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Slovakia, Russia, Malta, Belarus, Finland, and Estonia.
The competition was implemented by the Pan-European Network of National Nodes of Safe Internet which operates under the auspices of the European Commission in collaboration with the e-twinning School Network. The Office of the Education Portal of the Ministry of Education contributed to the mobilization of students and teachers and also to the Greek success since its members served diligently and responded effectively to the (phone and electronic) requests and queries of teachers in order to facilitate and encourage the Greek participations in the competition.
For the competition, every Greek school selected its partner in another European country with the aim to develop projects focused on the three following themes related to the safe use of internet:
- e-privacy: Privacy protection
- Netiquette: What is the internet’s code of conduct?
- Power of image: How can we safely share images through the internet?