June 24, 2005

NEWS: Young Danish storytellers meet their princess (DENMARK)

Young Danish storytellers meet their princess

On 1 June 2005, Her Highness Princess Alexandra, countess of Frederiksborg, awarded prizes to Danish winners of the ?Safer Internet Magic and Friendship? storytelling competition. The ceremony was held at the Film House in Copenhagen.
Flashes from cameras, rolling film cameras, interviews and a handshake with a real princess: these were some of the experiences the winners of the Danish storytelling competition at the national award ceremony in Copenhagen on 1 June 2005.

A fifth grade pupil had made an interactive PowerPoint presentation about a boy called Virtu, who travels into cyberspace.  He is taught about safety issues by his friend the Alpha Dog. They won first prize with "Virtu in Cyberspace part 1" in the 9-12 years category. The class also received the special prize for the best technical solution with ?Virtu in Cyberspace part 2? in which the reader/listener of the story can choose his or her own storyline of events.


Karsten Gynther, Chairman of the Danish Media Council, said:

"We are standing in the middle of a technological generation gap.  Many parents can?t follow their children?s smart use of the Internet and mobile technology. The competition has given parents a new insight into children?s use of the new media by letting children tell stories about their media use."


FULL STORY AT: http://www.saferinternet.org/ww/en/pub/insafe/news/articles/0605/dk_princess.htm

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