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Digital Champions

Digital Champions are ambassadors for the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme.

We currently have four 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 are now open for our next cohort of Digital Champions!

Find more information here and apply here.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20th November 2020.

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.

Maryam

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Maryam

What I like doing best online:

Generally I like to watch Korean dramas online as I’ve been wanting to study the Korean language for some time now, therefore I believe that by watching these dramas, not only do I engage in a brilliant story with clever comedic scenes, but I begin to learn and understand certain words and phrases they use.

What I like doing offline:

Personally I love reading, and I really like to explore different genres. The internet is an efficient way of reading stories of other cultures (as helpful people have translated these books!) I also like to study languages, as one day id hope that they would be useful in some way or another. One language I’m currently studying is Bahasa Malay, as one day I would want to visit Malaysia!

What I hope to achieve as a Digital Champion:

As a digital champion, I hope to not only spread awareness of the dangers of the internet, but share the positives too! As the internet is not all bad, if anything it has been a great advantage to us in our daily live, and I would like to share that with everyone.

My top online safety tip:

Staying safe online should not keep you from doing what you love, for example I love playing MMORPGs! I think that to stay safe online is to understand the dangers of people whom you do not know, so my tip would be stay cautious but to allow yourself to have fun!

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

Amy, Secondary Digital Leader

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