What people say

Hear from young people and schools who have been involved in the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme.


“You feel like you can actually make a difference in the community, while having fun. You feel like you're helping other people.”

15 year old from Northern Ireland shares why they have enjoyed being a Childnet Digital Leader

“After having this training, planning a lesson for my peers and attending two webinars I can certainly say that being a digital leader has taught me a lot. Not only about the internet, but it has helped me develop my presentation skills and I have learnt how to engage people as well as help and support them. I am very excited for what is still to come."

A pupil from Woodford County High School shared her experience in a guest blog

“It makes you think more and listen as you know that they understand what it’s like on the internet at this age and what can happen.”

13 year old from Hampshire explains why they liked the session delivered by the Childnet Digital Leaders


“In our school, being part of the pilot of the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme has had a wide-ranging impact. The Digital Leaders have helped to increase awareness about e-safety by delivering a peer-education session that reached all 187 of our Year 9. Having seen the hugely positive feedback from pupils, we’re keen to repeat this for all Year 8s and 10s as well! The young leaders also held a Social Media Workshop for parents, created wall displays and produced a video encouraging their peers to ‘Make the Right Choice Online’, which has been displayed on screens around school. As a result, the Digital Leaders have become champions and role models for the safe use of technology at Ballyclare High School. Pupil voice has been a powerful tool in shaping our set of esafety-related policies, and has helped to create an ethos of positive technology use in school.” 

Mhairi Hill 

eSafety co-ordinator at Ballyclare High School @BallyclareHigh

The team of Childnet Digital Leaders tweet from @BHS_DL 


“Children and young people have the power to help create a kinder online community and we want to harness their passion and knowledge to enable them to be role models for their peers and younger generations.

It has been inspiring to see the huge range of activities delivered over the last year by Childnet Digital Leaders in secondary schools across the UK.

We are now very excited to announce the launch of the programme for primary schools which we developed and tested with the involvement of 13 primary schools across the UK."

Will Gardner

CEO of Childnet, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, Executive Board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety