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 own board game to teach young people about online safety and had to make a prototype of the game and pitch their big ideas to a panel of ‘dragons’ at Plusnet’s Sheffield headquarters.

Volunteers from Plusnet launched the challenge at Netherwood ALC in February with 120 Year 5 pupils taking part in interactive workshops focused on online safety, project management and design to help them create their concept.

The winners of the competition were from Highgate Primary Academy with their “Online Ambush” game where players are rewarded with Plusnet cash for making safe choices online.


  • 100% of pupils that took part said the challenge made them feel more ready for work
  • 100% said it helped them improve their ability to work as a team
  • 93% 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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