Childnet announces winners of online safety film competition

The awards for the short films were announced at the British Film Institute and rewarded teams from schools and youth organisations

Childnet have announced the winners of its online safety film competition.

The competition awarded teams from primary and secondary schools for their short educational videos about online safety.

Sandown Primary School in Hastings won the primary category with their film The Internet Belongs to me, and this is how its going to be.

Christleton High School in Chester won for the secondary category with their film New Tools, Better Outcomes.

It fills me with confidence for the future of our internet knowing that it will be in your generation’s hands – Nadhim Zahawi MP

The winners of the tenth annual competition were announced at the headquarters of the British Film Institute (BFI). A panel of experts, which included Catherine McAllister, head of safeguarding and child protection at BBC Children’s, and David Austin, chief executive of British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), judged over 100 entries from teams of young people aged between seven to 18.

The films look at the next generation’s vision for a better internet and safer online behaviour.

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Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet, said: “Over the last 10 years we have seen some amazing films entered in the competition, and it is so exciting to see how these have changed over the years. The 2019 Film Competition has seen some really inspiring entries, which show creative skills and a real passion for online safety and educating their peers.

“We have seen the impact that these films can have, with many schools across the UK using them as educational tools. The event today was a great opportunity for the young people to see their films on the big screen at the BFI and to celebrate their creativity and achievements.”

Nadhim Zahawi, parliamentary under-secretary of state for children and families, said at the awards: “The competition’s theme, Our Future Online, is one that we fully support at the Department for Education.

“Wherever I go in the UK, I am always energised and rejuvenated by meeting young people like you. And it fills me with confidence for the future of our internet knowing that it will be in your generation’s hands.”

The winning films from the Childnet Film Competition can be viewed at:  www.childnet.com/film-competition  

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