Childnet turns 20!

Since our inception in 1995 we have followed our mission; to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

As we celebrate 20 years of working towards our mission, we’ve created a special anniversary report which shares our journey mapped out under four key values that have remained at the heart of what we do from the very beginning.

Empowerment, working with others, giving young people a voice and reaching out internationally make up four of the areas that have helped us continue to promote the positive power of the internet whilst responding to the risks and equipping children and young people to deal with them.


Childnet empowers children and young people, and those that support them, to enjoy the benefits of technology.

“The practitioners at Childnet have not only listened to the voice of our pupil cohort, but have joined with us, as educators, to both support us and to celebrate our achievements." Mhairi Hill, teachers, Ballyclare High School

Working with others

Collaboration is at the heart of Childnet’s approach, and we seek to work with all sectors as a catalyst for positive change.

“Childnet have been a crucial member of our global Safety Advisory Board – helping to ensure our policies and products build in safety by design – and we’ve been proud to support their education and awareness campaigns across the UK.” Simon Milner, Policy Director EMEA, Facebook

Giving young people a voice

We ensure children and young people have a say and play a key role in helping to create a better internet.

“Childnet has made me a more confident person, taught me about being safe on the internet and encouraged me as a filmmaker. Childnet, thank you for everything!” Jude, Childnet Film competition finalist 2013 & 2014 and Childnet Film Competition Judge 2015

International impact

We work with others around the world to achieve a positive impact across education, policy and youth participation globally.

“Childnet International and the Cybersmart program have had a very valuable partnership over many years. We have worked together to adapt and create resources which have had a real impact on young people in Australia. We continue to share good practice and look forward to collaborating further as we develop the Cybersmart program, under the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.” Rosalie O’Neale, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia

“We live in a digital age where at the touch of a button – children can access reams of information to help them learn and stay in touch. But as a parent, I know how important it is to ensure that they also stay safe online. That’s why the work that Childnet have done over the last 20 years is so valuable, helping children and families’ access advice and support.Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

Our achievements

Here are examples of some of our achievements we are particularly proud of:

Childnet education visits

Our education team provide inspiring, informative and interactive educations sessions that aim to empower young people, parents and teachers. In the last five years from 2010-2015 we have spoken to:

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Safer Internet Day

Childnet, alongside the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation, have coordinated Safer Internet Day in the UK for the last 5 years, encouraging millions of people to help create a better and safer internet.

Our reach