Young people challenged to shut down cyber crime (17 July 2018)

Young people aged between 11 and 14 years old from across West Yorkshire have been challenged to help the police shut down cyber crime.

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire have launched their online safety competition for a second year following a successful pilot.

The competition is aimed at school pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 and challenges them to form a team and design a resource to help keep people safe online. The resource can take any form such as a website, leaflet, phone app or even a rap!

Corpus Christi Catholic College from Leeds won the competition last year with their entry, a rap/dance/drama medley, on what to do if you're being cyber bullied. You can watch their performance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snol09TYJbc

Teams have until 7 December to design, test and launch their resources. Entries will be shortlisted and six groups will go through to the grand final at West Yorkshire Police's training centre in Carr Gate Wakefield on 14 February 2019.

All finalists will be awarded certificates recognising their contribution to making communities safer. The overall winner of the competition will take home a prestigious trophy as well as a tour of West Yorkshire Police's specialist operations site which includes the Mounted Section, Dog Section and Helicopter.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "We want to encourage as many young people as possible to get involved in this competition. We've worked really hard in the year since the last contest to make the process even easier for schools to enter so there are no barriers to not jump in and help make cyber space a safer place for everyone.

"Cyber crime can have a really detrimental effect on victims and tackling it is a clear focus for us and our partners. Young people are crucial in helping us to tackle these issues, not only will they raise awareness in in their schools and among their peers, but they will also take it home and speak to their parents, guardians, friends and wider families.

"The very best of luck to all those who enter and I look forward to seeing the creative ideas and resources produced in a couple of months' time."

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Cyber crime is quickly becoming the preferred tool for criminals but the more people who know about the dangers of it, the more people can guard against it.

"Knowledge is very important in defeating cyber criminals and what this competition does is provide an excellent opportunity for young people to get involved in helping to spread that message.

"By doing something that little bit different to help warn people about cyber crime they can help to become part of the solution.

"I am delighted we are again able to hold this competition - the standard of entries last year was excellent and schools having a go this year will have a long way to go if they are going improve on the standard."

Ms A Thompson, Lead Dance and Drama Teacher and PSHC Co-ordinator at Corpus Christi Catholic College, said: "Being part of the West Yorkshire Police Cyber Competition was a fantastic experience. Our Students raised awareness of cyber crime within school and in turn developed their confidence, leadership, creativity and resilience."

To find out more about the competition, including how to take part visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cyber-contest

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Pictured - the winners of last year's competition, Corpus Christi Catholic College.

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