Internet Matters Digital Safety Awards

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With support from EY, we’ve created a brand new innovative awards scheme that recognises the best products, services and initiatives that help us keep our children safe online.

Internet safety is of growing concern for society and our industry as a whole. Recent research by Internet Matters reveals that:

Children spend 3 hours online on their smartphone everyday
36% of children message people they have met online and don’t know

One in five change the social media safety settings enforced by their parents


Recognising the best in e-safety 

A big thank you to all who entered. We were overwhelmed with a number of high calibre nominations from a range of fantastic organisations.

After careful consideration, we are proud to announce the shortlisted nominees for our first Digital Safety Awards.

Winners have now been announced click here to see who won.

More on the awards:

Shortlisted nominees 

Product or Service for Parents

What we are looking for

Products or services that parents can use to help keep their children safe online, that provide excellent safety benefits as well as being simple to understand and implement.

NSPCC and O2 – Net Aware

Platform and app guide to social networks children use

Parent Zone – Parent Info

Expert articles for parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience on and offline.

online them

Platform to help parents monitor their children online with their knowledge.


Home Halo

A mobile app, cloud service and 300Mbps wireless smart router to help parents manage their children online use.
Vodafone – Digital Parenting Magazine

Advice from a range of experts and organisation on supporting children’s digital confidence and resilience.

Product or Service for Children

What we are looking for

Products or services created for children that have online safety tools, resources or advice at their core. This category will be judged by a panel of children.

Gooseberry Planet

Interactive, educational game/app



Be Strong Emjis – Vodafone

Support emojis created to help young people convey compassion and support to friends who are being bullied online.

YouTube Kids

Child-friendly version filters out inappropriate content and hides comments on videos.


So you got naked online – SWGfL

PDF download to give children and young people information about sexting.


App and website designed so that primary aged children can enjoy
chatting online.

Education Product or Service

What we are looking for

Products or services that support the education sector by safeguarding the infrastructure, educating the educators or educating children.


Safeguarding platform and app for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges and University.


Professionals Online Safety Helpline 

Service that supports the children’s workforce in the UK with any online safety issues.



360 Degree Safe Self Review Tool – SWGfL

Free tool to help schools review their online safety policy and practice


The CyberPass – Roar Educate

CyberPass provides data on issues affecting their children and supports the safeguarding duty of care responsibilities.

Impero Software

Provide a comprehensive suite of online safety, network management and classroom control tools


At First Site – IFFOR

New program to help both children and educators understand and discuss online sexual content.


Digital Literacy (SWGfL)

New program to help both children and educators understand and discuss online sexual content.


Internet Legends – Google

Online internet safety roadshow that educates children on how to be safe online.


What we are looking for

Products and services that demonstrate new and effective ways of safeguarding children or getting the e-safety message across to parents, children and/or educators.

Azoomee – Tablet app
Safe, fun and educational tablet app aimed at primary-school aged children of 5-11.

Kurio Tablet – KD UK
Tablet designed with children’s internet safety firmly in mind.


Childnet Digital Leaders Programme

Aims to empower young people aged 11-18 years to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their schools.

Digital Driving License – Barclays
Created with Barclays Digital Eagles it is designed to help grow digital knowledge and skills.

Empowers pupils to help their classmates with eSafety through a rolling programme of online safety training for 3-18 year-olds.

Digital Safety Entrepreneur
of the Year

What we are looking for

Individuals or groups that have created an innovative product or service or driven change to help keep children safe online.

These projects, individuals and organisations build trust and confidence in the online environment.

Stella James 

Creator of Gooseberry Planet – an interactive, educational game/app.



Henry Platten

CEO of eCadets – structured eSafety scheme which empowers and supports pupils to help their classmates with eSafety through a rolling programme of online safety training.

Julia Bateson

Managing Director of Excite-ed supporting parents and adults in educational settings to raise their digital kids safely as they grow up online.

Vicki Shotbolt

Founder and CEO of Parent Zone who create innovative projects that reach families to help them navigate the online world safely.

Michael Brennan 

Managing Director – Tootoot safeguarding platform and app for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges and University’s which allows pupils to report incidents.

Our Judges

Confirmed judges, more to be announced.

Sally Morgan
Baroness Morgan of Huyton


Alice Webb 
Director, BBC Children’s

Anna Feuchtwang
Chief Executive, NCB


John Carr OBE
Secretary of CHIS


Andy Phippen
Professor, Plymouth University

Key dates

Now open: Open for entries

15 April: Deadline for entries

Week commencing 25 April: Shortlist announced

24 May: Award Ceremony – Winners announced

Our inaugural awards ceremony will take place in at EY’s More London Place offices on 24th May when we will celebrate the best of online safety in the UK.

At the awards ceremony 

Baroness Joanna Shields will be the keynote speaker, showing her support for the nominees and winners of the awards. Maggie Philbin, broadcaster with 30 years experience, will be hosting the event.

Baroness Joanna Shields
Minister for Internet Safety & Security


Maggie Philbin
CEO of TeenTech CIC

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  • Ruth Dearing

    I am launching a product for parents which would be perfect for this competition…but I’m based in Australia and wouldn’t be able to make it to the UK for the presentation ceremony. Also my product (online training) is being officially launched in April, does it need to already be launched operational to show results? My brand is “Peaceful Digital Parenting” and if you search for that term in google or in YouTube I appear all over page 1 of the results in videos…also have a Facebook page So the ball is rolling but not sure if I’m qualified yet to enter this competition? Please let me know, thanks so much!

    • Hi Ruth,

      Great to hear that you’d like to enter but unfortunately the competition is open to UK residents only. We’d be happy to take a look at your product to see if it’s worth sharing with our audience. Thanks again for getting in touch.

      • Ruth Dearing

        Hi Ghislaine,

        Thanks so much for your response and offer to check it out, I really appreciate that! I might hold off until it’s fully launched and I have testimonials from people who are using my services, so that you can see what it’s all about. Obviously it will be open to parents from the UK as it will all be online 🙂

        Thanks again for your help.