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Beatbullying social network wins Nominet award

Internet awards celebrate web projects

Cyber Mentors - a social network from anti-bullying charity Beatbullying designed to offer advice to kids that have experienced cyber bullying – has won the 'Making the internet safer' category at this year's Nominet Internet Awards.

The awards, which are run by the UK domain name registry, were held in London this week and recognise schemes that have made the internet a more secure, open, accessible or diverse experience.

SignTranslate won the 'Empowering young people and citizens' award for its instant web-based access to a British Sign Language (BSL) qualified interpreter that allows medical staff to communicate with deaf people, while the Northern Grid for Learning, which offers training in security and safety online took the 'Getting people online' category.

Nominet named an interactive timeline from the British Library that allows users to explore British Library collection items chronologically, as the winner of its 'Opening the world of knowledge' category.

The 'Nurturing powerful local partnerships' award was won by ACE IT's Moose in the Hoose project that helps those living in care homes and attending day centres across Edinburgh to gain computer and internet skills.

Childnet International's Youth IGF Project which captured the thoughts and opinions of young people in the UK on film and was then shown at an Internet Governance Forum (IGF) workshop alongside the Egyptian Cyber Peace Initiative was given a 'Special award for international engagement'.

"This year's entries demonstrate that organisations and individuals are more engaged than ever in making the internet a safe and accessible place for everyone," said Lesley Cowley, CEO at Nominet.

"The level and quality of projects was outstanding and show that the internet industry in the UK is leading the world in addressing important issues such as digital inclusion and safety online."

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