Children who took part in an online safety campaign have been rewarded for their artistic efforts.

The campaign, which was launched to help parents learn how to protect their children online, hosted a competition involving local schools to design posters highlighting the key issues around online safety.

The NSPCC, Blackburn Children’s University, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Youth Action on the Safety Net campaign, which was launched last year with an online safety advice shared on a digital display screen in Blackburn town centre, followed by an online survey to allow parents and children to identify their fears about internet safety and help shape the future of the ongoing campaign.

An online presentation was held last week with guest of honour Denise Park, CEO of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and showcased the young people’s entries.

Denise Park, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “As a council we are committed to doing everything we can to keep children and young people safe. It’s been a pleasure to support such an important campaign.”

The winners in each category, Zoya Ahmed (ages 6-8), Meraj Soomro (ages 9-12) and Ruqayyah Begum (ages 13-16) were awarded with tablets courtesy of Youth Action.

While runners-up Hamdan Bhaiyat (ages 6-8) and Katie Clarke and Itunu Akinbinueach (both in category ages 9-12), received creative activity packs, courtesy of Blackburn Children’s University.

Amar Abbas, CEO of Youth Action said: “Every one of the entries we received were really superb. It was tough to pick the winners, as each one was to a really high standard, but we hope everyone who entered will have learned more about online safety just from taking part.”

You can view the video of all the submissions here.