Our 2016 Winners
For the third time, the international competition “Media sure! But secure.” has successfully come to a close. Out of the numerous submissions this year, altogether eight media projects were selected for the awards. The three main prize winners were awarded at this year’s “Summit for Kids” in Bonn.In addition to the three main prizes of the competition, two German country prizes, an Austrian country prize and three special prizes were awarded. You can learn more about the winning projects on the following pages.
The winners at a glance
LitCam gGmbH, ages 8-14The project was aimed at improvement of educational opportunities and fostering educational equality with topics related to football. The project offers one hour of tutoring and one hour of football practice twice a week. The tutoring lessons employ digital media and topics related to football. For example, children use tablets for sorting football statistics in their mathematics classes.
Aktion Kinder- und Jugendschutz in Brandenburg e.V., ages 11-14German and polish youth got to check out their media use in this project. It was comprised of a workshop week in which the youngsters dealt with the question of how they use media and what the internet ought to look like in the future. In small groups they worked on these topics with experienced media creators. The result was two radio plays and a film about various everyday situations as well as a music video, which the youngsters composed for, wrote the texts and shot the footage themselves.
Kinderglück e.V. Hamburg, ages 8-9“The internet experts of the radio foxes – Die Internet-Experten der Radiofüchse” were proud to claim third prize in the competition. The children’s internet editorial team was responsible for the Radiofüchse website and put their own content on social networks. They asked the internet to comment and then wrote and monitored comments themselves. Along with testing games, the children were also supposed to watch out for opportunities, dangers and limits on how long they should play.
Media competence center CIA Spandau, 4th-6th gradeThe “welcome2spandau” project took place over six weeks between April and July 2016. The kids from language learning and welcome classes got to make animated videos. Children from five Berlin primary schools and a youth center took part in the animated film project. The aim of the project was for children to use their own ideas and experiences to make a video. Media educators were there to help the children make their ideas into reality. The children came up with their own ideas and the educators helped them to implement in the media projects. The highlight and finale of each project week was an event where the children presented their media productions to a live audience.
Mannheim city library, 1st-7th gradeThe three-wheeled “Mobile library lab” project of the Mannheim city library doesn’t just have media to lend: Through creative interactions with media, children get to learn about digital media and learn how they get made. They have the opportunity to test how to use various digital media at four different interactive stations. The offering ranges from animated videos to audio recording workshops via writing and book workshops to electronic music and code programming action. With these creative projects, children not only learn about how digital media get made, they also get to discover a different approach to media.
Nils-Holgersson elementary school Thedinghausen, 4th gradeChildren from the 4th grade class did the project “A picture goes around the world” to learn about how quickly photos that you upload to the Internet can go anywhere! To prove this point, the class uploaded a photo of the whole class’s feet with the caption to please share this photo. The teacher put it up on their private Facebook account. The image got shared 123,000 times! That was a big surprise for the pupils but also for the teacher. What was also surprising is that someone on Facebook along the way decided to change the image into a negative and repost it. That wasn’t just a shock to the pupils, they got to see first hand how you don’t always have control of your data once it’s out there. Therefore, you have to be very aware of what you do with it.
Real life politics Isernhagen, 6th gradeWhat opportunities lie in the responsible use of smartphones, tablets and social media? Pupils as well as parents addressed this question in the project “Safer smartphone” by the association Politik zum Anfassen (meaning roughly, real life politics). This 6th grade class prepared a parent-pupil evening about “mobile use” as a media project. They interviewed experts, shot a making-of movie and followed up by posting all of the materials online for use by other schools. Students asked experts about “media and youth data protection” in several in-depth interviews. They also took to the streets to conduct short surveys with passers-by, and filmed the results.
Youth office Dortmund, 6th gradeFor the project “Like me – It’s me! Is that me?” the Dortmund youth office gave adolescents a chance to take a look at their roots, strengths and dreams in four different stations. They got many good “pictures” of themselves from the stations via a combination of analog and digital technology. At different stations they created animated short movies and composed their own music and took their own pictures. The work with tablets, Internet and co. incited the youngsters to think about all kinds of questions regarding data protection, one’s personal data rights and netiquette, and they got to discuss it in a direct dialogue with each other and the educators.
Vienna career academy Berufsschule Wien, ages 15-16The topic “cyber-bullying” is a big one for many students, also because of painful personal experiences. With creative methods, like brainstorming, poetry slams and advertising techniques, students collected ideas that turned into an abundance of slogans and logos in a workshop. Not least there was the Cybermops, a cyber pug dog, with the claim: “Cybermops is watching you – keep the web clean!” He’s out there to make sure the web stays clear of bullying. Along with the development of the project’s title, rules were created, the “You’re not allowed to do that” rules for an “Anti-bullying campaign” that are now posters decorating the classrooms and computer classrooms. A commercial also got made.