We're asking the children of Greater Manchester to get involved in our Christmas celebrations by creating the official GMP Christmas Card.
There are two age categories for this competition – age 10–14 and age 9 and under.
All entries must be received by the closing date of Sunday December 1, 2019 (any entries received after the closing date will not be entered).
The winning drawing will be animated & become the official GMP Christmas Card which will be sent to partners, agencies, individuals who help GMP & will be displayed on our social media channels.
Each category winner will receive a prize, with the overall winner receiving a VIP visit to GMP to meet the dogs that help keep Greater Manchester safe.
This years theme is: Cyber Safety
This could be:
Safe streaming (ensuring they are using legal film and music sites etc)
Safe social media
Safe internet browsing
The risks of illegal downloading
The ability to download music and films on demand and share information is a great benefit of the internet, but keep the following in mind:
Check what your children are downloading as the film and music industry monitor the internet for people downloading illegal content, and you could be held responsible for any illegal downloads your children make
By downloading material from illegal sites, children risk downloading viruses or spyware at the same time. They can also be downloaded from emails, pop-ups or sharing files as well as USB drives and connected devices
Phishing and pharming are ways of getting hold of private information, either by sending emails pretending to be a genuine organisation such as a bank or building society or sending you to copies of genuine websites
How can I ensure my child accesses content safely?
Talk to your children about how to download safely and legally, and help them understand why it’s important to keep the computer free from viruses:
Make it clear that it’s illegal to download most films, songs and games without paying for them
Research any download site your child is using and check it’s legal and trustworthy
Point your children to legal, secure sites where they can buy music and films etc. You can limit the amount they spend by getting them gift cards for a particular sum
Check your child’s computer and device internet histories regularly for signs of illegal activity. A total lack of internet history may also be a sign of illegal activity
If an attachment seems suspicious, check with the person who sent it and scan it with appropriate antivirus software before opening it. Some software provides a list of reputable sources for downloading as well as flagging those known for harmful content
Check your bank accounts and all bills you receive for any signs of identity theft.
Safe live streaming - Facebook live, YouTube etc
When going live, make sure the video is set to broadcast to Friends or Followers only. Otherwise, the general public can see the live-feed. There are even public live-feed maps.
Turn off the location services on the camera, program, or app so people can’t see exactly where you or your stream is located.
Be aware of your surroundings, people in the background that might not want to be broadcasted, or of anyone doing something inappropriate.
Keep in mind that you are sharing your video with potentially a lot of people, and it is being recorded. Be careful what you say and do so that you don’t offend or embarrass anyone (yourself, your kids, your family).
Make sure what is being broadcasted is legal and safe to do. You can’t go to a concert or movie and just start broadcasting. Broadcasting while driving or distracted can be deadly.
Take a few minutes before you start broadcasting to read the app instructions on how to properly and safely use the program. Technology constantly changes, and updates and improvements are always being made, so refresh yourself before using these programs.
Be wary of any private message during or after a live stream. Only accept messages from people you know and if you are in any doubt tell a parent or person you trust.
How to submit
To submit your child’s/ grandchild’s artwork, please either scan or photograph and email it to Christmas.Comp@gmp.police.uk with the following information:
Full name of entrant & parent/guardian who gives permission
Date of birth
Home address (including post code)
Posting them on social media will not gain automatic entry into the competition.
Terms and conditions
All entries should be on A4 paper.
Entrants must have parental consent to enter the competition including permission for GMP to publish the entrants name and age on social media.
A parent will need to send in the entries on the child’s behalf.
To submit your child’s artwork, please either scan or photograph their entry and email it to Christmas.Comp@gmp.police.uk along with the the information requested above.
Just posting the artwork on social media will not gain automatic entry into the competition.
The overall winner must give written consent to have their photograph taken with the Chief Constable as part of the prize. The image of the winner will be used in promotional activities by the Force, both internal and external, and be distributed to the media and used on social media.
The original paper artwork will be required for the winning entries. If the original artwork cannot be provided, it is at the judge’s discretion to choose an alternative winner that has the original artwork available. The original artwork will be scanned and digitised.
Entrants must be able to meet with the Chief Constable during December 2019.
The winner of each age group and the overall winner will be chosen by the Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.