Nottinghamshire teenagers have produced a hard-hitting video about online child exploitation to help advise their peers.
A group of youngsters from Nottinghamshire County Council’s outreach team worked with youth workers to produce a four-minute video which grips the viewer and provides a stark warning about internet safety.
‘The Girl in the Room with the Box’ DVD was highly commended as part of the National Crimebeat Awards 2015-16.
And the county council’s community safety committee has helped fund £500 so that the video and education pack can be shared with more schools across the county.
There is a celebration event taking place on May 19, between 4.30pm and 6pm, at Bassetlaw District Council’s Queen’s Building, where the young people who produced the film will be congratulated for their work and presented with certificates from the National Crimebeat Association.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, community safety committee chairman, at the council, and High Sheriff Judy Naake will be at the awards.
The group decided to embark on the video project to further develop their knowledge and skills and to highlight an issue they feel is extremely relevant to today’s teenagers.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, committee chairman for community safety, said: “This is a powerful, thought-provoking video that highlights the dangers that exist online and it helps remind children and their families to be vigilant when using the internet.
“We hope it can become an important education tool for other children across the county.”
The video was initially produced with funding from the council’s Outreach Service and the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and the video will become an education resource for other teenagers.
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Young people must be made aware that they can just as easily become a victim of crime on the internet as walking down the street.
“I want people to learn about the dangers so that they can protect themselves while enjoying the advantages of the internet offers safely. I’m hopeful that this video will help spread the message to young people across the county.”
The video was produced with help from the Real Adventure education team and video producer Ian Dearman with producer Suzanne Rose and youth worker Julie Slater.