Animated cartoons for the annual student video competition for a safe and creative use of the internet in Cyprus

On Thursday, 3 February 2022, the student video competition for a safe and creative use of the internet came to an end with the final evaluations of the participants’ works. The competition was organised by the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus, of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, with the support of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre CYberSafety. The competition was once again held online due to the ongoing pandemic.  

Date 2022-05-18 Author Cyprus Safer Internet Centre Section awareness Topic cyberbullying, media literacy/education Audience children and young people, media specialist, parents and carers, teachers, educators and professionals
Boy filming a video on a camera

The “Student video production on the safe and creative use of the internet” competition aims to develop young people’s media literacy skills, as well as important transversal skills such as autonomous learning, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Through the process of creating a final audiovisual product, the construction of knowledge and shaping of the right attitudes for the responsible, creative and safe use of the internet is promoted.  

The student video competiton was part of the celebrations of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2022. With the motto of "Together for a better internet", participants in the competition were invited to show that #Together_We can:  

  1. Fight violence and bullying on the internet;
  2. End hate speech and racism;
  3. Say no to misinformation and fake news;
  4. Protect our personal data and digital identity.  

For the first time this year, the competition focused on the production of animated cartoons. 30 student groups took part in the competition with ideas and storyboards. The best 16 entries (seven from primary schools, nine from secondary schools) were then invited to participate in workshops where professional artists helped them creating animated cartoons, with the support of the International Animation Film Festival ‘Views of the world’. During the workshop, 16 student groups presented their work to the evaluation committee and answered questions. The committee included two representatives of the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus, a representative of each level of education, and a representative of the festival. The committee evaluated the videos based on a series of predefined criteria.  

Drawing representing a sad girl crying while looking at her smartphone. Credits: Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

#Together_We can fight violence and bullying on the internet. Credits: Cyprus Safer Internet Centre 

Two prizes were awarded to primary school groups, two prizes went to Gymnasium and two prizes to Lyceum/vocational schools. All of the videos that participated in the final phase of the competition will be used in various ways for educational purposes. In addition, you can watch the videos on the Department of Educational Technology’s YouTube channel, and find further information on the competition on the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre’s website

Find out more about the work of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services – or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe

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