The Digital Warrior’s Children Carnival

The NetMission Children’s Digital Warriors Carnival was successfully held on the 31st January, 2010 in Park Central, Tseung Kwan O shopping mall. The aim of the Carnival was to organize a fun and engaging event to positively influence primary school children and parents about proper Internet usage, knowledge and raise awareness of digital divide issues. Thank Sun Hung Kai Properties for their generous sponsorship of the event at Park Central, as the location attracted many families to visit the Carnival during the weekend.

The Children’s team, run by Bianca Ho, Sharon So, Fion Tam, Evelyn Lau and Desiree Ho began in July 2010, when the original idea of organizing a three-day camp for children at a local University was scrapped due to the outbreak of Swine flu. By October 2010, the idea of holding a Children’s carnival began to materialize. The carnival included various game booths and activities, as well as many guest performers who interacted with audiences and shared their views on how the Internet has affected their lifestyles. Guest performers included local stars and budding young performers, including 4anda, NINE maps, Benedict Yuen, Leslie Ho, Charmaine Mirandilla, Daniel Lopez, Ho Kin Bong, Eden Gern etc.

Four major game booths were designed to raise awareness of proper Internet usage and conduct, and how children can also play a role in creating a more positive Internet environment. We would like to thank UST Connect and Rotaract Club of Channel Islands for bringing in over 50 volunteers to help out at the event. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the supporting organizations, all of whom played a key role in making this carnival happen, including Safer Internet Day Hong Kong, Kid’s Dream, One Laptop per Child and the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights. Last but not least, we would also like to thank WISECARE and CHOI FUNG HONG for their generous support towards the carnival.