Childnet Film Competition Winners 2018

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

Childnet Competition 2018

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.

Written by Childnet International on September 27, 2018 10:10

Childnet 2018 Film Competition Launches

Online safety charity Childnet call on young people to ‘Connect with respect’ and enter their Film Competition


Leading online safety charity, Childnet, a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, has launched the ninth Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.

Delivered by Childnet, the competition aims to encourage young people to have respectful interactions online and gives young people the opportunity to harness their creativity and share their understanding of online safety issues.

Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BAFTA, BBFC and BFI, the winning films will be shown at the finalists’ event in London and will be used as educational resources in schools across the UK.

This year’s theme focusses on how young people can ‘connect with respect’ and work together to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

As Becky Nancarrow, Senior Education Projects Officer at Childnet, said:

Over the past nine years, hundreds of young people have shown us how they can use their creativity, passion and skills to educate and inspire their peers to stay safe online. We are hugely excited to see the films that young people will be entering for this year’s Childnet Film Competition and how they can help shape a respectful and better internet for all.

Connect with respect – how to take part
The Film Competition is split into two age categories and schools or youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of all participants. For both categories, young people must create a film in response to the theme: ‘Connect with respect - a better internet starts with us!’

  • Primary category: 7-11 year olds are invited to create a 60 second film
  • Secondary category: 11-18 year olds are invited to create a 2 minute film
  • For both age groups, Childnet are looking for creative, imaginative films which show how young people can make a positive difference online. Young people might express their ideas through comedy, animation, or music. They will be encouraged to consider different filmmaking styles such as creating an advert, campaign or documentary.

    Childnet have developed resource packs including storyboard templates, guides to filmmaking and other useful documents to help schools and youth organisations engage and support young people in making their films.

    Closing date and how to enter
    Entries need to be sent to Childnet by 11th June, including entry and media consent forms which can be found at www.childnet.com/film-comp. There is also important information about copyright that entrants will need to consider.

    The shortlisted films will be shown on the big screen in front of industry guests and young people at the Childnet Film Competition 2018 Event at the BFI London Southbank and will also receive a BBFC rating.

    The Film Competition winners will each receive a filmmaking kit for their school which includes a Canon DSLR camera, tripod and clapperboard.

    The winners will be decided by an expert panel which includes:
    • Catherine McAllister, Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection at BBC Children’s
    • David Austin OBE, Chief Executive of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
    • Joanna van der Meer, Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at BFI Southbank
    • Lisa Prime, Children’s Events Programmer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

    Written by Childnet International on March 08, 2018 11:53

    Childnet 2017 Film Competition Winners Announced

    Young people’s internet safety films to be used as educational resources, as Childnet announce national winners of its 2017 Film Competition


    Childnet Competition 2017 EventLeading online safety charity Childnet announced the winners of the eighth annual Childnet Film Competition at a private screening held for the competition finalists and industry guests at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank.

    Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BBFC and the BFI, the two winning schools and the four other finalists will now see their films used as internet safety resources to educate other young people about how to ‘Be the change’ and use the internet positively and safely.

    The Childnet Film Competition was founded in 2010 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.

    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.

    Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet, said:
    “The Childnet Film Competition is a great opportunity for young people to showcase their creative skills by creating engaging and educational videos to spread key online safety messages. 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. All of the finalists’ films will be invaluable resources to help educate other young people about online safety.”

    The competition invites schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their internet safety messages in a short film. This year, the film competition invited young people to think about how young people can come together and make a positive change online.

    Childnet Education Projects Officer, Becky Nancarrow, said:
    “This year’s Film Competition theme, ‘Be the change’, was all about inspiring young people to think about how they as young people can change the way that they use the internet for good. Today we not only saw the time and dedication that has gone into creating these films but the passion young people have for creating a better internet for everyone. It’s amazing that the young people’s films will continue to have an even wider impact, as they become resources for schools and youth groups to use”.

    With over 127 entries from across the two categories; primary and secondary, entries ranged from animated films, to dramas about cyberbullying, to a news story about the positive uses of the internet. 6 schools attended the finalists’ event at the BFI in London before seeing their films on the big screen.

    The films were judged by David Austin OBE Chief Executive at the BBFC, Catherine McAllister Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection BBC Children’s, and Joanna van der Meer Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at BFI Southbank.

    The winners of this year’s Film Competition were St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School in the primary category with their film Be the Change: It starts with us. In the secondary category the winners were Dover College with their film Trouser Boy.

    The winning films from the Childnet Film Competition can be viewed here: www.childnet.com/filmcompetition

    Childnet Winners 2017

    Quotes from the Film Competition 2017 finalists’ event

    ‘The film competition puts online safety into a practical setting, in school or at home children don’t always get it, but putting those messages into a film they get into it and understand it more because it’s encouraging them to do something for themselves; something that’s big, that other people will see, and something that’s fun.’ – Teacher

    ‘I think it’s a great way of teaching children how to be safe, because it’s also a fun way of being in a competition, so it’s competitive. Through the competition I learnt that even if you do something wrong you can always find a way to make it better’ - Young person, primary category winner

    ‘I think this competition is really good for teaching people about online safety, on top of that we had a lot of fun doing the video! It took us a few hours and overall the experience was really good for us, and today was just the highlight’ – Young person, secondary category winner

    Written by Childnet International on July 13, 2017 09:38


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