Chippenham students talk internet safety through game

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By nhavergal | Friday, February 15, 2013, 12:18

Students from Wiltshire College campus Chippenham worked closely with primary school children to develop a computer game that promotes internet safety. 

Harriet Sumner and Louise Drake who are both first year students studying Foundation Degree in Creative Digital Media at the Chippenham campus were leading the project which has been funded by the Chippenham Children's Parliament. 

Both students ran two development workshops involving pupils from the local Partnership of Schools where they gave a talk about internet safety and develop scenarios for a game which highlights ways to keep safe when browsing. 

Harriet, 23, from Hilperton, Trowbridge said: "The internet is now an important factor in the lives of young people so it is essential that they learn to use it safely."

"We were pleasantly surprised as to how aware they were of some of the dangers and how to avoid them."

During the next few weeks Harriet and Louise and the Creative Wiltshire Team will be working with Evil Twin Artworks to turn the ideas and artwork they have created into a functioning game. 

Judy Edwards, Chippenham Partnership of Schools Manager said: "Collaborating with Wiltshire College like this means that the local school children have access not only to college facilities but also the expertise of the students and staff."

Louise Drake, 20, from Holt near Trowbridge said: "We worked with children to develop ideas for a game that will go on their website."

"They came up with some great scenarios and some brilliant characters."

The game is expected to be completed by the Summer 2013. 

The latest project follows the success of the Drive Safe Walk Safe which gave children the opportunity for school children to produce a series of animations on road safety alongside Wiltshire College. 

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