A Wolverhampton primary school has scooped a national award from an online safety charity

Trinity Church of England Primary School was named the overall primary category winner at the Childnet Film Competition 2018 after using digital creativity to create a short film which inspires others to 'connect with respect' and use the internet positively and safely.

Staff and pupils from the Longford Road school attended a showcase event at the British Film Institute in London last week, where their film Footprints was shown at a private screening and judged by industry experts.

The film will now be used as an internet safety resource to educate other children and young people about how to use the internet.

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "We know that peer led education can have a really positive impact, and the film that the pupils at Trinity Church of England Primary School have created will be invaluable in spreading online safety messages across not just Wolverhampton but the rest of the country too."

Headteacher Matthew Welton said: I am delighted with the success of Trinity's entry to the Childnet competition.

"Our pupils have worked hard to ensure that other children and young people consider the consequences of their actions online and understand that this is a clear reflection of who they are in everyday life.

"We want all children to be the best they can be, both in the real world and in the virtual world."

Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, presented the award and said: "It's incredibly inspiring to see young people using their creativity through the Childnet Film Competition, highlighting how we all need to work together to make the online world a more respectful and pleasant place to be.

"I was delighted to present an award to Trinity Church of England Primary School who won the primary school category for their powerful film about being proud of your digital footprints."

The winning films from the Childnet Film Competition, including Footprints, can be viewed at Type=links;Linkid=10737;Title=Film Competition 2018;Target=_blank;.

The Childnet Film Competition was founded in 2010 and is delivered as part of Childnet's work in the UK Safer Internet Centre. The Childnet Film Competition invites schools and youth organisations from across the UK to capture their internet safety messages in a short film.

  • released: Thursday 12 July, 2018