Wilma wins second round of the Youth Achievements Award…and new competition launches for SID!

Wilma (Netherlands) joins Mathew (Ireland) as the second winner of the Youth Achievement Award, organised by European Schoolnet, Insafe and Vivendi. Her inspiring story shows us how the internet can be a powerful ally in overcoming adversity. Wilma received her award and prize during the Safer Internet Day 2013 celebration at the EUN Offices, on Tuesday 5 February 2013.

The youth achievements competition was launched to provide young people with the opportunity to share achievements that they have accomplished through using modern media and the internet.

During this second round, four stories were shortlisted and judged by a team of experts in the field of internet and modern media. In fourth place came Kathrin (Germany) with a story on her activities as a member of the youth panel at Schifferstadt and her participation in the annual International Summer School in Romania. Third place went to the Mikkel (Denmark), and his attempt to reach out to his peers through his blog on Cyberhus.dk. Gioia (Czech Republic) was runner up in this second round, with the story of her project, organised with friends, to bring young people and senior citizens closer together to learn how to work on the internet, while avoiding possible dangers that may occur.

We would like to congratulate all candidates for their entries and encourage them to continue inspiring us with their activities and stories!


We are also excited to announce a new phase of this award as we open up the competition to all children and young people as part of our Safer Internet Day 2013 celebrations.

We invite children and young people of all ages to create and submit a written entry (for example, a short essay or a blog enry) or a video blog (max. 2 minutes) describing their achievements in the online world. This need not necessarily be something big or grand – just something that has made a difference to their lives, or the lives of those around them. It could for example be mastering a new skill, taking a stand against bullying in a chatroom or social networking site, or helping a grandparent to send their first email.

The competition launches on Safer Internet Day 2013. Entries can be submitted from 5 February 2013 to 15 March 2013, inclusive. All entries must be received by midnight CET on 15 March 2013.

Find out more on the Safer Internet Day website

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