We are delighted to announce that we were voted winners of the best Educational Product and Service 2016 at the first Digital Safety Awards, a brand new innovative awards scheme that recognises the best products, services and initiatives that help keep children safe online. The awards ceremony took place at EY’s More London Place offices on 24th May where we celebrated alongside the best of online safety in the UK.
Each Award was judged by Baroness Morgan, former chair of Ofsted, Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s, John Carr OBE, Secretary of CHIS, Anna Feuchtwang, CEO of the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and Andy Phippen, a professor at Plymouth University. A panel of young people organised by the NCB judged the entries for Best Product or Service for Children.
Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, the UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security, who opened the awards said: “The UK is leading the world in making the internet a safer place for children. The Digital Safety Awards recognise the dedicated community of leaders working to protect our children from potential dangers online and the innovative digital safety products being developed here in the UK. I’m incredibly proud of the work that is being done by Internet Matters, UKCISS, charities, teachers and parents, all of whom play a vital role. Congratulations to the very deserving winners on their awards.”
Our award was presented to us by the wonderful Baroness Morgan, former chair of Ofsted, who spoke extremely passionately about the need for tootoot in both Primary and Secondary schools with a clear focus on the importance of the pupil voice.
Our founder, Michael Brennan, was also short listed as Digital Safety Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.
We were honoured to be standing alongside some incredible educational names such as Impero, Google Education, Youtube Kids, NSPCC and O2. We would like to thank Internet Matters and EY for a wonderful evening and award ceremony, and for recognising the continued hard work of the tootoot family. With over 450 schools joining tootoot in the last 8 months alone and over 180,000 students using tootoot, we are excited that the Awards will allow more schools to hear about tootoot and understand just how powerful the tool is within the educational environment.