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WebWise Writing Competition for Teens

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Web Wise are looking to hear from the youth of Ireland about their experiences of the online world. Enter our competition to write or blog article or poem about all things technology. Do you know of an app that is gaining in popularity and would like to submit a review? Do you have a great tip for managing your online wellbeing? Share it now by emailing us at: internetsafety@pdst.ie

What Your Article Should Look Like?

The main purpose of the article is to inform, engage and create interest for the reader. Assume that your reader is also young and has the same interests as you.

  • Articles should be about 500-1000 words in length
  • Pick your topic, make a plan and organise your ideas into paragraphs.
  • Your article should have a heading or headline which makes the subject clear and also catches the reader’s attention. Sometimes it is useful to pick this last so that it reflects what you have written.
  • Make it personal – give examples, let us know your views, ask questions and give advice.
  • Divide the article into paragraphs to help the reader follow the argument. Use transitions to make your article easier to read.
  • Signify paragraphs by skipping a line, do not indent paragraphs.
  • End with an overall comment or conclusion.
  • Read over your work and do a spell check before submitting.
  • If you would like to write a poem, please have a minimum of 20 lines. The poem must be on internet safety.

How to Enter:

  1. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of Ireland.
  2. Only one entry allowed per person.
  3. There are multiple ways to enter. Entries can be posted to: Webwise, PDST Technology in Education, Invent, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland.
  4. You can also email it to: internetsafety@pdst.ie. Please use ‘Writing Competition Entry’ in the Subject Line. Don’t forget to tell us what school you are in and what year you are in.
  5. All entries need to be accompanied by an email address of a teacher, parent or guardian
  6. Disclaimer: Webwise reserves the right to use entries for promotional reasons. 

Terms & Conditions

All valid entries must be under the theme of internet safety and must fulfil the relevant competition category guidelines

  • The promoter is Webwise, PDST, Invent, Dublin City University, Dublin 9
    • Closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 4th March 2019.
    There is a prize to attend a secret gig in an exclusive Dublin venue for approx. 8 participants and 2 accompanying teachers per winning school for the following competitions: The Arts Award- Poster Competition, Writing Competition, Music Competition, The Campaign Award- Best Overall Campaign, Most Effective Anti-Bullying Campaign, The Techwise Award- Social Media, Best Use of Technology, Best Video.
  • Prize will include a gig and presentation of award at the SID 2019 Awards in Dublin
  • The SID Awards gig will take place in Dublin on a school day. Date and Venue will be confirmed in February.
  • Places are limited per winner – Up to 8 students and 2 adults may attend the awards per winning entry
    • There is also a category exclusively for Safer Internet Day Ambassadors – this leadership award looks at both their commitment to the programme and the Safer Internet Day campaign they led in their school.
  • Competition entry varies so please check the competition guidelines carefully. You can submit your entry via the email address provided: internetsafety@pdst.ie, via the Google Form. You can also send additional videos or pictures to support your entry to the email address: internetsafety@pdst.ie carefully stating the competition and name of your school.
  • Competition is open to Secondary schools and students of Republic of Ireland only.
  • Competition is open to second-level schools/institutions and individuals in the case of the SID Ambassador Leadership Award.
    • Overall winners will be announced within two weeks of the closing date
  • If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted within 1 week of being announced. Another winner will be selected by the judging panel.
    • This competition is open from 5.00pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019.
    • The promoter will have no responsibility for any additional costs associated with the prize (including travel to and from the venue).
  • Any prize is as stated in any messaging or promotions advertising such competition. No cash or other alternative will be offered and prizes are non-transferable. The promoter retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available.
    • Employees or agents of the PDST, any associated group companies, prize sponsor and or agencies associated with this competition and their immediate families are ineligible to enter. Any such entries will be invalid.
    • Entry to the competition is free. No purchase is necessary.
    • A valid entry must be submitted via the relevant channels as stated on the competition guidelines of each category.
    • An independent panel of judges will will pick the winning entry in each competition from valid entries received. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • The promoter is excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the winner arising from his or her acceptance of the prize.
    • The winner may be required to participate in unpaid promotional related publicity undertaken by the promoter or its associated companies.
    • By entering this competition you are agreeing that any submissions made become the property of Webwise.
  • Competition entries may be used for further promotional activities, including but not limited to: online advertising, promotion on social media and via webwise.ie’s websites.
  • The winning entries will be displayed on webwise.ie and other associated websites and social media channels
  • Winning entries may also be used for further promotional purposes via third party stakeholders
    • Entry to this promotion shall be deemed full and unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions.
    • The promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions.
    • These terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of Ireland and subject to the jurisdiction of the Irish Courts.
    • The promoter shall not be liable for any failure to stage the competition on the date provided in these terms and conditions as a result of circumstances outside the promoter’s control including, but not limited to, acts of God, war, riots, explosion, abnormal weather conditions, fire, flood, Government action, strikes, lockouts, delay by third parties, accidents and shortages of materials, labour or facilities.
    • No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
    • Prize is subject to availability.
  • All entries must be original work by individuals involved and must not infringe on copyright/trademark rights
  • Entries can be submitted in English or Irish
  • All entries must be new work – created for Safer Internet Day 2019.
  • Right to cancel the Competition: We have the right to cancel the Competition or change the Prizes or Competition Rules without notice and without liability to any entrant. In the event we do not receive enough Entries by the Closing Date or if we are prevented from awarding any prize(s) or continuing with the Competition as contemplated herein for any reason, we shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Competition.


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