10 years of the Childnet Film Competition highlights how peer education can help keep children safe online.
Childnet, a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, has launched its 10th Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.
For 10 years the Childnet Film Competition has inspired young people to harness their creativity and educate their peers on online safety issues. The competition is delivered by leading children’s online safety charity Childnet, as part of its work in the UK Safer Internet Centre.
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 what we can all do to make our future internet a great and safe place.
As Will Gardner OBE, Childnet CEO and Director, UK Safer Internet Centre said:
“What 10 years of the Childnet Film Competition has shown us is that young people are passionate about educating and inspiring their peers to stay safe online. We know that young people can play an important role in helping to address some of the risks and challenges of the online world. The Childnet Film Competition provides a platform for young people to do exactly this. Our theme this year, ‘Our future online’ gives young people the opportunity to play an active part in creating a better internet. We look forward to seeing the creativity that children and young people across the UK will undoubtedly demonstrate.”
Our future online – 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: ‘Our future online – what can we all do to make our future internet a great and safe place.’
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 a variety of ways, including 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 10th 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 2019 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 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)