05 Mar 2018

Dyfed-Powys Police is supporting a film competition challenging young people to inspire their peers to ‘connect with respect’.

The competition has been launched by Childnet, and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 18 the opportunity to harness their creativity and share their understanding of online safety issues by creating a short film.

All films must showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet and clearly reflect this year's theme which is how young people can ‘connect with respect’ and work together to make the better place for children and young people.

Seven to 11-year-olds are invited to create a 60 second film, while 11 to 18 year olds are invited to create a two minute film.

Dyfed-Powys Police child sexual exploitation officer Linda Elias said: “We are pleased to support this campaign by Childnet, and hope to see young people from the Dyfed-Powys area taking part.

“Online interactions are a huge part of young people’s lives these days, and a great deal of their time is spent talking with friends and peers over the internet and social media. Anything that can raise greater awareness of the need to be respectful both online and offline can only be a good thing.

“At Dyfed-Powys Police we have a team of Schools Liaison Officers who visit students across the force, with online safety forming an important part of their programme. It is so important to raise awareness of how online interactions can impact on young people, and we work to deliver age appropriate sessions, as well as working with partners and voluntary groups to deliver these messages.”

Delivered as part of its work as one of three charities in the UK Safer Internet Centre, Childnet offers resource packs for schools and youth organisations to support young people in making their films, including storyboard templates, guides to filmmaking and other useful documents.

Entries to the competition must be submitted by June 11.

Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BAFTA, BBFC and BFI, the shortlisted films will be shown on the big screen in front of industry guests and young people at the Childnet Film Competition 2018 Event at the BFI London Southbank and will also receive a BBFC rating. The Film Competition winners will each receive a filmmaking kit for their school which includes a Canon DSLR camera, tripod and clapperboard.