A SCHOOLGIRL proved she has designs on success after winning an eye-catching poster competition highlighting the importance of staying safe online.

Ten-year-old Hannah Rose Ridsdale, a pupil at Parklee Community Primary School in Atherton, will have her design displayed throughout Wigan borough as part of a programme of safer internet day events.

Her design was selected along with one created by 15-year-old Valda Boswell, who goes to the ACE Centre.

Both received £50 high street shopping vouchers from Wigan Council’s cabinet member for children Clr Susan Loudon after entering the competition run by the Wigan Safeguarding Children Board.

Kath Vereycken, from WSCB, said: “Technology is changing so rapidly and there are lots of exciting benefits for children and young people but they can also present some risks in the form of e-bullying and other potential threats.

“We wanted to help raise awareness about potential threats and what steps young people can take to protect themselves.”

Clr Loudon said: “From computers to tablets and mobile phones, communication is now a constant part of our lives and no-one has grasped its many uses better than our young people.

“But there are threats out there and we want our children and young people to be safe when they are using the internet.

“Through the work of the Safeguarding Board we are also making sure that, if young people do encounter difficulties, the right support and advice is available.”

For more information about staying safe online visit wiganlscb.com/e-safe ty.asp