Insafe Positive Content Competition launched on Europe Day

09 May 2013 UK SIC

The European Award for ‘Best Content for Kids’ has been launched today, on Europe Day by the Insafe network. This exciting award aims at encouraging both children and adults to create new and highlight already existing child-friendly, quality online content. It is organised by the Insafe network within the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: “The online world can be a great place for kids. I dream of building a Better Internet for Children: with the right online content, kids can explore, play and learn safely – ensuring they have a great time while also gaining the skills for a digital world. I hope this this competition can generate and celebrate bright ideas from across Europe”.

Adults and children from all over Europe are invited to submit positive content initiatives aimed at children aged 4-12 years; young people can even create content for peers up to 18 years of age.

Positive content can be everything from an educational website, blog, video or an app: the main thing is that it creatively supports and showcases positive content initiatives across Europe, encouraging children and young people to find positive ways to spend time online (educate, inform, stretch and stimulate imagination, enable acquiring new skills etc).

Awards will be made at national and then European level for entries by four categories of participants:

1.         Adult professionals (i.e. those who produce online content for a living).

2.         Adult non-professionals.

3.         Individual young people.

4.         School classes/groups of young people.

The national heat for the UK runs until November through the UK Safer Internet Centre. There is a new Positive Content Competition section on the UKSIC website.

The best national initiatives will go forward to compete at European level with the top-three European resources in each of the four categories will be recognised at an awards ceremony in Brussels on Safer Internet Day in February 2014.

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