Plusnet Online Safety Challenge

Young people from three primary schools in South Yorkshire got an opportunity to hone their creativity and teamwork skills with a unique challenge from Plusnet.

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FOCUS: Raise aspirations and introduce careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to local young people as well as make them more aware of the dangers of the internet.

Pupils from Highgate, Carrfield and Gooseacre Primary Schools in Rotherham were asked to create their game show to teach young people about online safety and had to pitch their big ideas to a panel of ‘dragons’ at the Virgin Lounge in Sheffield and Plusnet’s Sheffield headquarters.

Volunteers from Plusnet launched this third annual challenge at Netherwood ALC in February with 130 Year 5 pupils taking part in interactive workshops focused on online safety, project management and design to help them create their concept. The pupils then spent time back at school making their ideas and working on their business pitches.

The winners of the competition were from Gooseacre Primary Academy with their “Facegram” game show which could be turned into a 'play-at-home' app - the judges decided this was a commercially viable idea that would have lots of impact on young users.


  • 100% of pupils that took part said it gave them more knowledge about the types of jobs they could do
  • 93% said it helped them improve their speaking and listening skills
  • 100% said it helped them develop their confidence and self-belief


"Today taught me that working as a team is an important part of life. I learned about online safety but I also learned what it's really like to be out at work."

Year 5 student, Gooseacre Primary School


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