Childnet’s Film Competition invites young people to get creative about E-safety!

National competition invites young people aged 7-18 to enter challenge to create a short film about internet safety.

Childnet is encouraging schools and youth organisations across the UK to enter their Film Competition, which showcases the positive and inspiring use of the internet.

 The competition offers three themes about young people’s digital lives:

The third category is new for this year! Childnet have joined forces with PhonepayPlus, offering a new PhoneBrain category within the annual Childnet Film Competition. Aimed at 11-18 year olds the category invites young people to create a 2 minute film to inform people about ways you can use your phone to pay for and use services safely without running up high bills. Watch Childnet’s film to find out more about this category.

Childnet’s judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, are closest to the theme and have a clear message. These film-makers will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be awarded great prizes for their creative achievements!

The prizes on offer this year are bigger than ever before, including the chance to win loads of brand new filming equipment including a Canon DSLR camera. 

Get involved

If you would like to register a group of talented young people or find out more, then please email or visit for more information. 

Important dates:

  1. Competition Closes Friday 12th June 2015 at 5pm
  2. Finalists Notified Friday 19th June 2015
  3. Screening and Finalist Event at the BFI Monday 13th July 2015

In need of some inspiration? Then read Childnet’s top tips for film making or take a look at some of the films that made it to the final of last year’s competition.  

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Childnet launch the 5th Childnet Film Competition

Childnet have launched the 5th Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-16 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.

Founded in 2010 as a way of asking young people to focus on the positive uses of the internet, the Childnet Film Competition is a great way to engage schools in using technology for creative and positive uses and equip young people with the skills they need to become confident digital creators. 

As a peer focused competition budding film makers from across the UK are invited to create a short film to educate their friends and fellow pupils about online safety.  As Becky Nancarrow, Childnet Film Competition organiser, states “we want to inspire young people to use their creative skills to produce fun, imaginative and educational films that they can use to educate others about staying safe online.  This peer to peer focus ensures that young people remain at the heart of the process to make the internet a safe and great place”.

This year’s Film Competition builds on the theme from Safer Internet Day 2014, ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.  Encouraging young people to focus on the positive and inspiring uses of the internet, this overall theme is the basis for the individual primary and secondary school category themes. 

For Primary, Childnet are challenging pupils to create a 60 second film that explores, how would you make the internet a better place for you and your friends?

For secondary, Childnet are challenging pupils to create a 2 minute film expressing, what does a perfect online world mean to you?

With all the shortlisted finalists invited to a private screening of their film at the BFI in London the Childnet Film Competition is a chance to celebrate young people’s creativity online. 

For further details please see Childnet Annual Competition Flyer.