Exploring the future of the internet - Childnet Film Competition 2019

03 Jul 2019

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10th year of the Childnet Film Competition
10th year of the Childnet Film Competition

Yesterday (2 July) we were lucky enough to attend the 10th official Childnet Film Competition, which was held at BFI Southbank.

Originally set up in 2010, the competition aims to provide an alternative way of teaching and learning about internet safety. What's more, it encourages and empowers young people to become educators and create valuable resources to help their peers stay safe online.

The day's proceedings began with an introduction by the CEO of Childnet International and Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, Will Gardner who heralded film as an extremely 'inclusive form of education' and praised the 'creativity, talent and ideas' that went into the over 130 entries submitted this year.

The three Primary finalists were then screened, which were made around the theme 'our future online - the internet belongs to me and this is how it's going to be.' This was followed by the three Secondary finalists, which were based on the theme 'our future online - what's your vision for a better internet?'

The highlight of the day arguably came at the end however when former winner, Keith was invited on stage to talk about what winning meant to him and his advice to the young people in the room. He won the Secondary category in 2015 for an animation he'd made alone and after meeting someone at the event that had studied animation at university, he was inspired to do the same.

Check out where the finalists came in the judges' final ranking below, and all of them can be watched on the Childnet International Website.

With film instead of a poster or message, it assimilates all your senses and gives young people unlimited creativity. It also allows the audience to connect with and take in the message in a better way.

Former Childnet Film Competition winner, Keith


1st Place : Sandown Primary School ‘The internet belongs to me and this is how it is going to be'

Told through stop motion animation, a catchy tune and spoken word, this film compares present day use of the internet to that of a brighter and more positive future online.

2nd Place : Belthorn Academy Primary School ‘Childnet Report'

This film transports us to a newsroom in the future. Set 10 years from now, we find out what changes have been made to improve the internet for people around the world.

3rd Place : Bromley High Junior School ‘Our future online'

A cautionary tale about 2 friends who learn the consequences of their actions if they share a mean comment online. A fortunate visit from the voice inside their computer shows them what will happen if they send that message.


1st Place : Christleton High School - ‘New Tools, Better Outcomes'

Using clay animation as a metaphor to demonstrate the potential of the internet, the students from Christleton share what they would like their future internet to look like.

2nd Place : Super 8 Stage and Screen School - ‘InterYet To Come'

Amelie is paid a visit from a couple of interesting characters who want to show her the benefit of age appropriate laws for the internet and how these will help everyone in the future.

3rd Place : South Hampstead High School - ‘The Adventures of Mr Button Man'

Whilst waiting to be interviewed for a dream job, Mr Button Man decides to send a quick tweet. But is he really thinking about what he posts? A film that looks at how your digital footprint could affect your future.

Each year, Childnet organises two major events on our calendar - Safer Internet Day in February and the Childnet Film Competition in July - so make sure to get your and your students involved in what are always fascinating and insightful events.

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