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Young people create award-winning films to inspire others to ‘Connect with respect’ and inspire others to create a better internet.

Young people’s online safety films to be used as educational resources across the UK, as Childnet announce winners of its 2018 national Film Competition

Date 04/07/2018

On Tuesday 3 July 2018, leading online safety charity Childnet announced the winners of the ninth annual Childnet Film Competition. Representatives from government, industry, charities and wider attended the event alongside the competition finalists at the British Film Institute (BFI). 

Each year the Childnet Film Competition invites schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their internet safety messages in a short film. The two winning schools and four finalists will see their films used as internet safety resources to educate other young people about how to ‘Connect with respect’ and inspire others to use the internet positively and safely.

Childnet Film Competition reaches more young people than ever before

With over 200 entries across both the primary and secondary categories, young people created a variety of films ranging from animations and dramas to raps and silent films.

The winners of this year’s Film Competition were Trinity Church of England School in the primary category with their film Footprints. In the secondary category the winners were The Ferrers School with their film Game Over.  

This year BBC Own It will also showcase the finalists’ films, providing a unique opportunity for the young people to reach even more of their peers with their online safety messages.

Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet, said:

“We know from our work in schools that peer-led education can be hugely impactful, and the films that these young people have created will be invaluable in spreading online safety messages across the UK. This year’s Childnet Film Competition was bigger than ever before, with almost 1,000 young people getting involved, making films and sharing positive messages about online safety. The standard of entries this year has been exceptionally high and it’s clear to us that these young people are really passionate about making the internet a better place for all.”

The Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, Margot James, who attended and spoke at the event said:

“We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online and are bringing in new laws to make that happen. It's incredibly inspiring to see young people using their creativity through the Childnet Film Competition, highlighting how we all need to work together to make the online world a more respectful and pleasant place to be."

The Childnet Film Competition was founded in 2010 and is delivered as part of Childnet’s work in the UK Safer Internet Centre. The competition aims to harness the positive role of peer-to-peer education and provide a creative and inclusive approach to empower and inspire young people aged 7-18 to use technology safely, positively and creatively.

Judged by a panel of experts

The films were judged by Lisa Prime Children’s Events Programmer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Catherine McAllister Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection BBC Children’s, David Austin OBE Chief Executive at the BBFC, and Joanna van der Meer Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at BFI Southbank.

The winning films from the Childnet Film Competition can be viewed here:


Notes to editor

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Childnet Film Competition

Childnet’s Film Competition is now in its ninth year and is delivered as part of Childnet’s work in the UK Safer Internet Centre.  The Film Competition encourages young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online. The project engages schools in using new technology for creative and positive uses and equips young people with the skills they need to become confident digital creators. In addition, through the process, the young people create valuable resources to educate their peers about staying safe online and develop their own understanding of what it means to be a good digital citizen.

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Quotes from Film Competition 2018

‘We really enjoyed the idea of giving a message to people who may not understand as much about Esafety. We learned technical skills such as using the green screen and editing. Our acting skills developed as we learned from each other. Our confidence also improved throughout this process.’ – Young person, Primary Category

‘We enjoyed working together as a group. It was great working towards a common goal, in order to promote such a positive message’ – Young person, Secondary Category

‘It was an amazing, amazing experience. The young people learnt so much about online safety, working together as a team and also filmmaking.’ Teacher, Primary Finalists

About Childnet International

Childnet is a UK charity that empowers children, families and schools in the digital age, its vision is to make the internet a great and safe place for children. Launching in 1995, it speaks to thousands of children, parents and teachers every year; creates innovative educational resources; and delivers projects to empower young people to have their say and take the lead in helping to create a better internet. It achieves a wider impact through influencing best practice and policy, both in the UK and internationally. As one of three charities in the UK Safer Internet Centre, Childnet coordinates Safer Internet Day, which reaches millions of UK children every year.

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