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17 July 2003

CHILDNET’S KIDSMART WEBSITE WINS 2003 NEW STATESMAN “NEW MEDIA AWARD”

Last night Childnet’s Kidsmart website www.kidsmart.org.uk was named overall winner in the “Safety on the Net” category in the 2003 New Statesman New Media Awards. At a packed ceremony in London, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Charles Clarke and celebrity, Philippa Forester presented Stephen Carrick-Davies, Childnet’s incoming CEO with the award.

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From a shortlist of over 20 projects, the Kidsmart website was singled out for providing a superb range of resources for both pupils, parents and teachers including; lesson plans, a specially commissioned drama and clear “SMART” tips which young children need to remember when they use the Internet or mobile phone. The judges also appreciated the way in which the site served as a portal linking to a wide range of other Internet safety resources.

Stephen Carrick-Davies said on receiving the award,

At this time when we in the UK have been so aware of the way that children can be harmed by inappropriate contact through the internet, we must all re-double our efforts to ensure children understand the online safety issues. In the last 6 months alone the Kidsmart resources have been used in over 1,000 schools and it is a real encouragement to all the staff at Childnet to have this prestigious award which recognises the role we are playing to help young people keep safe online. I want to especially thank our sponsors, Cable & Wireless, Microsoft and the DFES for their support in helping us develop this resource.

The Awards are organised by the New Stateman, Britain’s leading political magazine, and help promote projects that embrace new technology, fresh thinking and creative management in the UK. The key themes of this year’s awards were “innovation, accessibility, and efficiency” and they intend to award those who have really achieved something good for society. “We hear a great deal about the Internet and how it will improve our lives” says Peter Wilby, editor of the New Statesman. “This Awards programme aims to look at how far the digital revolution has really brought us”.

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