Staying safe online needn’t be a drama

Kirkcaldy group 'Caught In The Net', winners of the first ever Cybersmart Awards. Pictured are Fraser Morrison and Rachel Vevers from the group with the judges Matt Warman, David Wright and Mark James.

Kirkcaldy group 'Caught In The Net', winners of the first ever Cybersmart Awards. Pictured are Fraser Morrison and Rachel Vevers from the group with the judges Matt Warman, David Wright and Mark James.

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A KIRKCALDY drama group has picked up the top prize at the first ever awards scheme celebrating online safety in the UK.

‘Caught In The Net’, a drama performance and workshop group aiming to raise awareness in schools about online dangers, was the overall winner at the Cybersmart Awards, the first award scheme of its kind which recognises individuals and organisations across the country who are leading initiatives to educate others about internet safety.

Developing

The Kirkcaldy group was chosen ahead of 23 other nominees nationwide at a ceremony at Birmingham’s Science Centre and was presented with a cheque for £5000 which will go towards further developing and enhancing its work.

Creators Rachel Vevers and Fraser Morrison said they were “absolutely delighted” to be declared winners.

Rachel said: “We have a passion for educating young people about the dangers they face online.

“We will use the grant to not only encourage more people to become involved with the performance group, but also to subsidise the cost of the show to as many schools as possible.

Rapid

“The rapid development of technology we need to cover means we constantly require new equipment and materials.

“The funding will go a long way in helping us obtain these.”

Paul Brooks, CEO and owner of ESET UK, who launched the awards, congratulated the Kirkcaldy group on their success and said the standard of entries had been high.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the outstanding quality and creativity of the nominations put forward for the awards,” he said.

“Communities up and down the UK should feel encouraged and empowered to spread the message of internet safety.

“The internet has brought a multitude of benefits to every aspect of our daily lives, and it’s essential we all have the ability to navigate the online world safely.”

Caught In The Net now plan to put on their performance, which aims to educate young people, parents and carers about issues such as cyber-bullying, online grooming, identity theft, mobile phone addiction and organised crime, at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.