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Digital Champions

Digital Champions are ambassadors for the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme.

We currently have five Digital Champions who underwent an application process to be selected as our youth representative board. The Digital Champions help the Childnet Digital Leaders team to ensure that the programme is youth led. They represent a youth voice which is essential to the programme’s success and support us with module development, content creation, events and consultation, as well as representing the programme in the wider online safety community.

Click on the photos below to learn more about our Digital Champions and find out about their plans in our recent blog post here.

The Digital Champions were involved in the development of the Young People’s Charter for Safer Internet Day 2020. They fed into the charter through consultation, helping to shape the charter’s four key points which highlight the demands that young people need government to act upon to keep them safe and free to be themselves online. The Digital Champions then presented the charter to MPs at Westminster and to industry at the Safer Internet Day event in London. Read more about the clear demands for government and the Digital Champion’s involvement in developing the Young People’s Charter here.

Applications for our next cohort of Digital Champions have now closed and we will announce our new Digital Champions soon.

Aimee

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Aimee

What I like doing best online:

I spend my time making memes with my friends based on relevant things happening in today’s world because I think making memes is definitely a fun way to pass time and enjoy yourself. I also tend to use Reddit in my spare time to look at food pictures and recipes, although they do make me very hungry!

What I like doing offline:

I like to recreate some of the food pictures I find online. I’ll try to recreate anything from snacks to desserts, all ranging from around the world. I also like to look for exotic fruits from around the world because I enjoy trying new things and generally being experimental. I’m currently trying to taste as many exotic fruits as possible for one of my new year’s resolutions 😂

What I hope to achieve as a Digital Champion:

My aim as a Digital Champion will be to teach many parents as well as children about online safety and how to help their child if they encounter problems online, especially in a world where social media is changing every second. I would also like to be able to reach people further away and help them as well as be able to give anyone advice on safety online if they asked.

My top online safety tip:

My online safety tip would be, no matter how difficult or scary your situation is, never hold it in. Always tell somebody because there is always someone who has been in that situation or knows how to get you out of it, someone is always willing to help.

Cosima

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Cosima

What I like doing best online:

My favourite thing to do online is probably either watching YouTube or Netflix or doing BuzzFeed quizzes!

What I like doing offline:

When I’m not on my phone (or any device!) I like to walk my puppy in the fields or park or go on a zip wire with my friends.

What I hope to achieve as a Digital Champion:

As a Digital Champion, one of my main aims is to help people to identify what’s an online trap and what isn’t as it’s a rarely touched-on topic on its own so I personally think it should be addressed.

My top online safety tip:

Be careful what you say online as once it’s out there you can never take it back, believe me!

Jess

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Jess

What I like doing best online:

I enjoy writing stories and articles on word. Sometimes I will just make up these stories as I go along or my friends will all write our own parts. We have a WhatsApp group that we usually chat on to share our ideas and talk about what we should write next. I also watch a lot of YouTube (who doesn’t?!). I enjoy, messing around on The Sims and designing rollercoasters on a game called Planet Coaster.

What I like doing offline:

I play for a hockey team every Sunday as well as going ballroom dancing. I love everything arty and creative such as drawing, writing, singing, dancing and acting. As an avid theatre geek, some of my favourite musicals are Hamilton, Wicked, Heathers and Be More Chill.

What I hope to achieve as a Digital Champion:

Many groups when teaching people how to be safe online either scare them from using the internet or bore them out of their mind. I want to deliver sessions and workshops that engage the audience and use my creativity to my advantage. I want to focus my sessions on positive internet use and inspiring people to use it in creative and effective ways.

My top online safety tip:

My top tip is to take action, if you see or hear about someone who may not be safe online tell someone who can do something about it. Everyone always says to tell a trusted adult but that’s what you must do. If someone has said that you shouldn’t share the problem, still tell an adult. You should want the best for them and as the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved.

Lauren

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Lauren

What I like doing best online:

I love playing games with my friends, especially since the rise of among us. Other than that, I like surfing the internet in general, whether it’s social media, researching a topic I find interesting, or watching some kpop music videos and looking at lyric translations! I definitely spend a long time on YouTube too, mostly watching Minecraft streamers like WilburSoot and TommyInnit, but you’ll often catch me looking at storylines behind my favourite kpop music videos.

What I like doing offline:

I love swimming, and a lot of exercising in general, it’s something I’ve been doing for a long time and I still really enjoy it! I also like art, mostly just sketching, but my goal for the future is to learn how to paint well too. I really love languages, I’m currently taking French, Mandarin and Latin at school, but it’s really interesting and you get to learn about many different people and cultures.

What I hope to achieve as a Digital Champion:

My main goal is to learn as much as possible about online safety in order to help others learn, and maybe even teach my younger brother about it too. I want to help spread awareness about topics that are important, but are less ‘popular’ when it comes to talking about online safety, things like digital wellbeing and how to use the internet to enhance your learning, not just academically, but about the world. I’d like to help people see the good that social media and technology can do, especially since we often think about it so negatively.

My top online safety tip:

Don’t do or post anything you don’t want to online. It’s really important for your digital wellbeing because your platforms online are for you to follow who you want and to post what you want, as long as it is appropriate. There’s no point in following someone you don’t like, or liking posts you don’t want to. Feeling pressured to do these things online can build up and make you anxious, or lead you to not enjoy going on social media, so only do things if you want to!

Lucy

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Lucy

What I like doing best online:

When I’m online, my favourite thing to do is watch videos and play games. It’s really fun to play some of the games online and there’s such a wide variety and the videos are always either very interesting or funny too! Another thing I like to do is text and call with my friends and family when I don’t see them just to keep in touch!

What I like doing offline:

When I’m offline I’m really interesting in motor racing and engineering! I’m an avid motorsport fan and watch it as often as I can. I also like to engage in the technical side of the sport too and always try to understand what is going on and the engineering behind the sport. When I’m not obsessing over fast cars, I like to play the piano and also take part in many musical theatre shows throughout the year.

What I hope to achieve as a Digital Champion:

As a Digital Champion, my main goal is spread awareness inside and outside my community about online safety. Online safety is often seen as a boring topic of conversation but in actuality, it can be really interesting when approached in the right way and I’d really like to make it seen as an intriguing topic instead of simply an occasional assembly topic that people aren’t very focused on.

My top online safety tip:

My top online safety tip for everyone would be to never be scared to tell anyone about anything going on online. Many people are scared of the repercussions of reporting something to someone or even to the website or app itself, when there are actually no negative consequences for this and doing this is only going to help you and so many others online by preventing it from happening again.

“The programme has given me the confidence that I can make a difference.”

Amy, Secondary Digital Leader

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