As part of the Digital Leaders Programme, young people receive online safety training via gamified online training platforms. We have two standalone platforms; one for primary pupils and one for secondary pupils. These platforms differ both in learning content and some functionality. The platforms also provide access to the Digital Leader Community (on the primary platform, teachers have the option whether to activate this feature or not) which allows young people to discuss important online safety topics and collaborate with peers.
Secondary Digital Leaders
The secondary platform can be accessed by pupils remotely, and so during the COVID-19 school closures, we have encouraged Secondary Digital Leader teams to continue working through the training modules. Secondary Digital Leaders can engage with the other aspects of the programme and training platform, from engaging in discussions on the Community to watching our Industry Q&A videos. We have also encouraged Secondary Digital Leaders to take the opportunity to engage with the leadership element of the programme, starting conversations at home about online safety topics.
Primary Digital Leaders
Primary pupils are only able to access the training platform with a teacher present and so to keep online safety on Primary Digital Leader’s minds during the COVID-19 school closures, we introduced a new aspect to the programme – weekly primary activities. At the start of the school closures, we began sharing activities for teachers to in turn share with their Primary Digital Leaders, all of which can be completed independently by the students at home. A new online safety activity has been sent every week and activities have ranged from word searches to writing and drawing tasks, all designed to keep online safety on young people’s minds and to encourage conversations on the subject at home within the family. Take a look below at Oskar from Groveland Primary School’s fantastic poster in response to one of the weekly primary activities.
This year the Childnet Film Competition was adapted to make entering from home easier than ever before and proved to be a great home learning project for young people. We were delighted to see Digital Leaders enter the competition which consisted of Solo, Group and Storyboard categories. One of our Digital Leaders went on to win the Secondary solo category! Take a look at the finalists films here.
As schools remain closed, we know that many families are looking for projects they can do that are fun, educational and that children can do independently. To help with this we have redesigned the Childnet Film Competition for 2020.
Updated for use at home
You can now create great educational films as a home learning project, with categories that can also be usedin school for those who arestill attending school.
All young people entering must focus their content on this year’s theme: We want an internet where we’re free to…
Taking a look at the new categories
To help young people get involved no matter what setting they are in, we have created these three new categories which can be entered by anyyoung people.
Solo category – where young people aged 7-18 can make their own film.
Group category – which could involve siblings, other family members or friend groups aged 3-18.
Storyboard category – young people aged 7-18 can create a short storyboard and script for a film idea.
What equipment do you need to enter?
The short answer – none!
The slightly longer answer – The key aim of the competition is to enable young people to learn about positive use of the internet and continue to create fantastic content to educate their peers.
As always, the films won’t be judged on the camera used or the audio quality, they are judged on the message and educational value.
We are encouraging young people to make a film using whatever technology they have available to them, whether that is a mobile phone, camera, tablet, or webcam.
We also understand that some young people may prefer to enter without using technology, so the new storyboard category means they can enter the competition with a script and storyboard for a short film.
How is the competition judged?
Once you have created your film or storyoard then it is time to send it to us. Please send all the files to us at [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 22nd June. Please do not post any entries, entry forms or consent forms this year.
If your film is too large to email to us, you can share it with us by using sites like Dropbox and WeTransfer.
All content will be judged by our prestigious judging panel, made up of David Austin (BBFC), Lisa Prime (BAFTA), Catherine McAllister (BBC) and Mark Reid (BFI).
Competition closes: 22nd June 2020
Finalists announced: 29th June 2020 Judges’ verdict: 3rd July 2020