A Belvedere Academy student’s film about online safety has been named runner-up in a national competition.
Sudents around the country were challenged by Childnet to create a positive short film on online safety. The theme for this year’s competition was, ‘We want an internet where we’re free to…’, asking young people to explore a better internet and what an inclusive and safe online world would look like to them.
Sara, a Year 9 pupil at The Belvedere Academy, worked with her little brother Ahmed created a two-minute film, ‘Click’, a colourful animation focusing on what we should do if we receive a link from an unknown source. Childnet received over 130 entries across the categories. Sara and Ahmed won second place in the Group Category of the competition.
Will Gardner OBE, CEO of Childnet, said:
“Each year the Childnet Film Competition is a unique opportunity for young people across the UK to show their creative talents, learn about online safety, and inspire their peers to make positive decisions online. During lockdown and school closures the 2020 Competition is no exception. This year we have seen families working together, as well as young people working independently, to create some amazing films and storyboards, which I know will be invaluable educational tools for education settings across the UK.
“The Film Competition 2020 was different to any competition we have run before, with schools, organisations, families, and individuals able to enter. But the entire team at Childnet has been inspired by the thoughtful, creative and positive entries we have seen young people create during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Miss T Foster, Head of Computer Science & IT at The Belvedere Academy, said:
“Sara has always had a natural creative flair and her IT skills and love of animation have made for a fantastic winning entry. Once Sara understood there were no real boundaries, except the two-minute rule, she let her imagination run riot and it’s great she involved her brother too. The Childnet Digital Leaders Programme has given the students extra confidence to teach others about staying safe online and share their Digital skills; that’s the best way to learn as well! It is so great to see such positive encouragement of student independent work during lockdown and we are grateful to Childnet for giving students like Sara this opportunity.”
If you would like any more information visit www.childnet.com/film-competition