internet safety digital hero

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The votes have been counted and we are please to announce that this year’s Internet Safety Digital Hero is Seun Oshinaike of Silent Secret. We’d like to say a big congratulations to Seun and all who voted to help us choose this year’s winner.

Our nominees for the first Talk Talk Internet Safety Digital Hero Award were brilliant, we wish you all the best in continuing your efforts to keep kids safe online.


2015 Internet Safety Digital Hero nominees

Eoin-Heffernan-Silent-SecretSeun Oshi-naike

Silent Secret

Silent Secret is a social enterprise and a safe, non-judgemental and anonymous social network launched in November 2014 for young people aged 11-19 to share their secrets, thoughts, feelings, news and lifestyle. Designed by a team including 12 teenage co-founders the app’s branding and function were devised with particular concern for the needs of today’s young people. Users are able to ‘heart’ to express love, ‘me2’ to express empathy, and ‘hug’ to express sympathy for shared secrets. A ‘get support’ button appears with each secret for professional support if needed.

Joanne-Corrigan-Eastlands-Primary-SchoolJoanne Corrigan

Eastlands Primary School

Jo’s innovative teaching and learning resources positively impact on the lives of children, parents and the community and are advocated as models of excellent practice within the field of e-safety. Her in-depth analysis of data and innovative approaches encourage children to lead the teaching and learning of others through their work with professional organisations, using their knowledge of internet safety issues. ‘The AntiSocial Network’ film to raise awareness of cyberbullying and ‘Not Such a Sweet Tweet!’ e-safety fairytale are the most successful of a range of projects to promote e-safety in the community.

Laura-Higgins-Revenge-Porn-HelplineLaura Higgins

Revenge Porn Hotline

After supporting an increasing number of people who had been harassed by having their intimate photos shared online, Laura campaigned for increased support for victims and was received funding from the Government Equalities Office to run a pilot helpline for victims, launching in February 2015. Now half way through the pilot, the helpline has taken thousands of calls, and helped hundreds of victims get back in control of their situation. Laura advocates for victims, trying to change the attitude of many who believe they have somehow brought it on themselves, and helping shape the law, government policy.

Stella-James-Gooseberry-PlanetStella James

Gooseberry Planet

A new and unique app which teaches children online safety through gamification. Founded in 2014 by a mother of two, to meet the need for an Internet safety teaching tool, designed for use by children, which is interesting and entertaining. E-safety has become a burning issue with children’s internet access starting at increasingly early ages and mobile usage of social media and web services by youths continuing to expand. High profile reports of cyberbullying, exposure to age inappropriate material and other potential dangers have left many parents feeling ill-equipped to monitor or control their children’s online activities or experiences.

Julia-Bateson-Excite-ed-CybersafeJulie Bateson


Julia Bateson co-founded Excite-ed to empower parents and adults in schools to support children to grow up safely online. She delivers powerful parent/child workshops generating social media family discussions to realise and manage the risks their children are taking online. She trains teachers to deliver effective e-safety. Julia developed the app game, Cybersafe, designed by 12-14yr olds at Goffs School. A successful CEOP Ambassador, eSafety blogger reaching 30,000 monthly UK/USA readers; Julia is an inspired mum who uses her family experiences to tackle a serious subject in an entertaining way.

Winner Announced

Silent Secret is the winner of this year’s Talk Talk Internet Safety Digital Hero.

Internet Matters and the Digital Hero Awards

Our short videos about our support for the new Internet Safety category in this year’s Digital Heroes Awards.

Important information

  • Public voting closes on the 8th September. And the winner will be announced on the 15th September.
  • Once decided by public vote, TalkTalk Digital Heroes winners will be invited to attend a ceremony at the House of Commons later this year where they will be crowned a TalkTalk Digital Hero and receive £5,000 of funding to enhance their digital project.
  • TalkTalk has 10 Digital Heroes Award categories, and one overall winner who will be announced at the ceremony and granted £10,000.
  • The Digital Heroes are decided by public vote with the overall winner chosen by an expert-judging panel comprising of TalkTalk chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, founder Baroness Martha Lane-Fox and Daily and Sunday Mirror Editor-in-Chief Lloyd Embley.