Young people aged 7-18 are being encouraged to create a short film to educate others about staying safe online as Childnet launch their eighth competition.

With the aim of showcasing how young people can inspire others to make the internet a better place, the competition gives young people the opportunity to harness their creativity and understanding of online safety issues. This year’s theme focuses on how young people can ‘Be the Change’ and make the internet a better and safer place for all.

Becky Nancarrow, Education Projects Officer at Childnet, said:

Over the past eight years, hundreds of young people have taken part in our Film Competition, demonstrating their incredible creative skills as well as educating and inspiring their peers about staying safe online. It’s clear to us that young people can be creators of change and help shape a better internet for all.”

Be the change – taking part

Childnet’s Film Competition is split into two age categories and schools or youth organisations must oversee and submit entries on behalf of all participants. Childnet have developed resource packs including storyboard templates, guides to filmmaking and other useful documents to help schools and youth organisations engage and support young people in making their films. The top three films in each category will be invited to a private screening at the BFI in London and the winners will be awarded film kits for their school or youth organisation.

  • Primary aged young people (7 – 11) are invited to create a 60 second film in response to the theme: ‘Be the Change – It starts with us’, looking at how young people can work together to make the internet a great and safe place.
  • Secondary aged young people (11 – 18) are invited to create a 2 minute film in response to the theme: ‘Be the Change – We’re online for good’, looking at what young people are doing to have a positive effect online.

For both age groups Childnet are looking for creative, imaginative films which reflect a positive and inspiring message. Young people might express their ideas through comedy, animation, or music. They will be encouraged to consider different filmmaking styles such as creating an advert, campaign or documentary.

The winners will be decided by an expert panel, including David Austin OBE, Chief Executive of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), Joanna van der Meer, Film Tutor and Family Learning Programmer at BFI Southbank, and Catherine McAllister, Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection BBC Children’s.

If you would like to register a group of talented young people you know, then please send an email to for an information pack.

The closing date for entries is Monday 12th June 2017 at 5pm.

You can also follow @Childnet on Twitter and keep up to date on the competition using #bethechange