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

    Young people spend more than SIX hours a day feeling stressed or worried

    Today marks the start of National Safeguarding Month with UK Youth launching their #KeepMeSafe campaign

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    UK Youth polled 1,000 18-25-year-olds and found that young people spend more than six hours a day feeling stressed or worried. Money, appearance and career worries as well as fears about the future mean a large chunk of their time is spent feeling anxious or under pressure.



    One in 10 young people feel they have no-one to turn to discuss their concerns, leaving them battling through alone.

    A further 67 per cent admitted they had come across problems in their life where they felt they had nobody to lean on for help.

    As a result, 56 per cent have ended up in more trouble after keeping a problem to themselves rather than confiding in someone else.

    A spokesperson for UK Youth said: “It’s concerning to see just how long young people spend feeling worried or stressed and how many of them have to go through these issues alone, without anyone to turn to for advice and guidance.

    “Despite living in our ever-connected world, young people need safe spaces more than ever. For many, their local youth club is the only place that provides them with a trusted adult to confide in and access to the advice, support and guidance needed to feel safe and build bright futures.

    “But to stop young people feeling worried or stressed in a society where issues of grooming, online peer pressure, extremism and hate crimes are rising, many youth services need to be supported with additional safeguarding resources and training to #KeepMeSafe.”

    That’s why UK Youth have launched their new #KeepMeSafe campaign, which calls on all organisations working with young people to Stop what they’re doing, Look at their safeguarding policies, Listen to young people and take action during National Safeguarding Month.

    Their study also found that despite spending such a huge amount of time feeling concerned, the average young person has just four people they feel they could turn to for help.

    And although 18-25-year-olds having an average of 165 ‘friends’ on social media, 85 per cent still have moments where they feel lonely.

    In fact, more than 40 per cent think social media only adds to their worries and stress with more than half of those saying it leaves them feeling under more pressure to keep up with everyone.

    Others say they struggle with the lack of privacy, (29%), the pressure to impress others (40%) and feeling like they need to make their live sound better than it really is (33%).

    But researchers found that even those who do have someone they can approach with a problem don’t always get the help they need with more than half admitting they have felt ‘fobbed off’ or ignored by someone.

    And 68 per cent find it difficult to share problems in the first place.

    This leads to more than six in 10 respondents being more likely to battle on alone than go to anyone else if they have a problem or need advice.

    UK Youth’s spokesperson added: “Safeguarding has hit the headlines recently but it’s something we’ve been working to strengthen for a long time now. Research from our network and these new stats suggest the needs of young people have transformed in the last few years due to online/offline pressures and societal changes, which means an increased the level of support is needed to #KeepMeSafe.

    “We’ve taken the positive approach to support our membership and work with colleagues across the youth sector to improve safeguarding and better support young people at a grass roots level in youth organisations across the UK. We’ve developed a safeguarding programme and assurance scheme to set a benchmark for youth organisations and support the delivery of a minimum level of practice consistent with operating a safe organisation.

    “After the success of last year’s launch of National Safeguarding Month and in light of recent events, we hope our #KeepMeSafe campaign encourages all organisations working with young people take time to Stop what they’re doing, Look at their safeguarding policies, Listen to their young people and take action.”

    #KeepMeSafe will run throughout National Safeguarding Month (from 1st-31st March) - Find out more about #KeepMeSafe here .

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    Safeguarding Essentials

    Providing a holistic approach to protect children against both offline and online risks is vital. This is why we are launching Safeguarding Essentials, a comprehensive service for Safeguarding future generations.

    Safeguarding Essentials will provide a comprehensive range of safeguarding resources including teacher training, classroom resources, policies, checklists and parent guides, to better equip schools in preventing and detecting current risks faced by children.

    Our new service will be accessible anytime and anywhere, empowering teachers to have the latest knowledge at their fingertips to deliver outstanding safeguarding practices with ease.

    Further information about the new resources will be coming soon. Existing E-safety Support members will be notified via your weekly email bulletin. If you are not already an E-safety Support member, you can register your interest in the new Safeguarding Essentials service.

    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on March 01, 2018 10:23

    Safeguarding the Future

    Safeguarding Essentials - the new school resource from Kodo launches 12th April

    Child protection and welfare needs are evolving.

    According to the NSPCC, "thousands of young people sought help last year after being sexually abused by another young person". Added to the temptation of drugs and alcohol, the challenges surrounding mental well-being, or the ever-present potential for bullying, safeguarding in schools is a constant concern.

    Providing a holistic approach to protect children against both offline and online risks is vital. This is why we are launching Safeguarding Essentials, a comprehensive service for safeguarding future generations.

    Safeguarding Essentials will provide a comprehensive range of safeguarding resources to help equip schools in preventing and detecting current risks faced by children. These include:

  • teacher training
  • classroom resources
  • policies
  • checklists
  • parent guides
  • The new suite of topics will initially include:

  • An introduction to safeguarding
  • Bullying
  • FGM
  • Abuse
  • Mental well-being
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Along with all the e-safety topics covered in E-safety Support
  • Our new service will be accessible anytime and anywhere, empowering teachers to have the latest knowledge at their fingertips to deliver outstanding safeguarding practices with ease.

    Existing E-safety Support Members

    E-safety Support will be incorporated into the new Safeguarding Essentials product suite.

    The service for existing E-safety Support Premium Plus members will not be affected. While you will see some changes to the website, once you have logged into your account, you will still have access to all your existing e-safety resources in the usual way. We will however, be adding some further 'sexting' resources as part of the process.

    From an administration point of view, your membership package will no longer be referred to as 'Premium Plus', but will instead now be named 'E-safety Support'. This will be evident when you log into your dashboard and on any future invoicing.

    Safeguarding Essentials Membership Packages

    As with our E-safety Support packages, this is an online service, with all the resources and training courses accessible from the website. Schools will be able to purchase membership based on their education level - primary, secondary or all ages.

    Safeguarding Essentials membership packages will be available as follows*:

    Safeguarding Essentials (including E-safety Support) for Primary Schools - £499
    Safeguarding Essentials (including E-safety Support) for Secondary Schools - £799
    Safeguarding Essentials (including E-safety Support) for All Ages (primary & secondary) - £949

    School will also continue to be able to purchase just the E-safety Support package as follows*:

    E-safety Support for Primary Schools - £349
    E-safety Support for Secondary Schools - £499
    E-safety Support for All Ages (primary & secondary) - £778

    Discounts are available for school groups, small schools and special needs schools - please call 0113 266 0880

    If you are not an E-safety Support member, you can register your interest in the new Safeguarding Essentials service.

    * All prices are shown excluding VAT. This is a subscription product with an automatic annual renewal.

    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on April 12, 2018 14:30


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