Sunderland schoolgirl’s trip to Google HQ

editorial image
Share this article
Have your say

A TALENTED teenager was invited to Google headquarters after winning an animation competition.

Emmie Thompson, 14, from Sunderland, entered the Google-backed internet safety project, Well Versed, aimed at keeping young people safe online.

The teenager’s entry was one of the compilation of clips used to make up the video, which is fronted by popular YouTuber, KickthePJ.

Emmie, a pupil at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, took her mum Tracey, 46, and younger sister Lilly, 13, on the trip to London with her, where, as well as watching the premiere of the film, they were given a guided tour of the headquarters and YouTube studios and met PJ.

Tracey, of Plains Farm, said she and husband, Nissan worker Stephen, 47, had no idea that Emmie had even entered the competition. She said: “She is a very modest kid. She just came downstairs and told us she had won.

“It was a fantastic trip to London, and was amazing for the kids.”

Well Versed, which is also running along with The Parent Zone, asked young artists aged 13 to 15 years old to submit a 15-second clip with their top tips for staying safe online.

Emmie’s was a black and white line animation, and she was delighted when she got word it had been chosen to feature in the video. The film is being made available to schools and professionals working with young people on e-safety and it also appears on PJ’s YouTube channel.

It can be viewed at