A great many people – including children and young people – now routinely use digital media on a daily basis. So it was only logical to devote this year's "Summit for Kids" to the topic of data privacy. And this year's "Media, sure! But secure." competition, which Teachtoday, a Deutsche Telekom initiative, has now sponsored for a third time, focused primarily on data privacy as well.
On November 4, more than 150 children gathered in Bonn for the "Summit for Kids 2016," an event full of exciting programs about safe / secure media use and data privacy. During the "Summit," the winners of the international "Media, sure! But secure." competition were honored. A total of over 3,000 children and young people took part in "Media, sure! But secure.," in which a broad and diverse range of media projects highlighted safe and secure practices in use of digital media.
The 1st prize in the competition was awarded to the "Fußball trifft Kultur" ("Soccer meets Culture"; LitCam gGmbH) project, an effort focused especially on improving children's chances in the educational system. During each week of the project, participating children received two sessions of remedial instruction and one hour of soccer training. Teaching made use of both digital media and soccer-related topics. In their mathematics lessons, for example, the children processed soccer statistics on their tablet computers.
The 2nd prize went to "Das ist unser Netz! – To jest nasza siec!" ("The web we want!"), an international, weeklong media workshop in which young Germans and Poles looked critically at their own media use and thought about how they would like to use the Internet and digital media in the future, both privately and in their schooling. Working in small groups, and with experienced media creators, they considered these issues via a wide range of different approaches and perspectives. The results of their efforts included two radio plays, a film about various everyday situations and a music video that the young people produced completely on their own, with compositions, lyrics and imagery of their own creation.
The group "Die Internet-Experten der Radiofüchse" ("Internet experts," a project of "Kinderglück e.V.," a Dortmund-based children's welfare organization) was awarded the 3rd main prize in the competition. The "Internet experts," working as an editing team for online content, supported the website of "Radiofüchse," a Hamburg-based media project for children, and posted content of their own to social networks. In the process, they wrote comments, and monitored comments contributed by visitors. In addition, the children tested a number of online games, and studied the games in terms of their potential limitations and risks.
The two German state prizes were awarded to the projects "welcome2spandau" (Medienkompetenzzentrum CIA Spandau / CIA Spandau center for media competence) and "Mobiles Bibliothekslabor" ("mobile library laboratory"; Mannheim municipal library). The Austrian state prize went to "Cybermops is watching you," a project of the Vienna vocational school (Berufsschule Wien). Three special prizes were also awarded – to the projects "Facebookexperiment – Ein Bild geht um die Welt" ("Facebook experiment – a picture goes around the world"; Nils-Holgersson elementary school, Thedinghausen), "Safer Smartphone" (the association "Politik zum Anfassen e.V.," an Isernhagen-based agency for events oriented to political education) and "Like me – Das bin ich! Bin ich das?" ("Like me – that's me! Is that me?"; Dortmund youth welfare office).