On Tuesday 3rd July 2018 Trinity Church of England School was announced as the overall primary category winner in a national competition from leading online safety charity Childnet, which sees young people using their digital creativity to inspire others to ‘Connect with respect’ and use the internet positively and safely.
Trinity Church of England School attended a showcase event at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London on Tuesday 3rd July 2018, where their film, ‘Footprints’, was shown at a private screening and judged by industry experts to be the overall winner within the primary category of the ninth annual Childnet Film Competition.
Childnet Film Competition reaches more young people than ever before
With over 200 entries across the two categories, Trinity Church of England School was one of the six schools to attend the finalist’s event with their film ‘Footprints’. 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 use the internet.
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.
The Childnet Film Competition was founded in 2010 and is delivered as part of Childnet’s work in the UK Safer Internet Centre. The Childnet Film Competition invites schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their internet safety messages in a short film. This year, the competition invited young people to think about how we can all make a positive difference online by supporting young people to ‘Connect with respect’.
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."
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.
A young person from Trinity Church of England School said:
‘The message that we wanted to stand out the most in our film is one of positivity as the internet has so much bad stigma surrounding it. Our scriptwriters brainstormed and came up with ideas for the script until they settled for one. And our message is to ensure everyone has fun while staying safe.’
The winning films from the Childnet Film Competition can be viewed here: www.childnet.com/film-competition