Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

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Attention Teachers and Educators

The Governor’s office, the State Information Technology Services Division (SITSD), and the Montana Information Security Advisory Council (MT-ISAC) are conducting a state-wide kindergarten through 12th grade computer safety contest in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). We encourage teachers and educators to use this contest to address cybersecurity awareness and online safety in their classrooms.

The goal of the “Kids Safe Online” poster contest is to engage young people in thinking about cybersecurity through the creation of original artwork that will encourage their peers to use the Internet safely and securely. Young people know more than anyone how their friends use the Internet, so their messages and images will help their peers make better decisions when posting pictures, videos, and personal information online.

School principals and administrators are encouraged to hold school-wide poster contests and submit the winning entry from each grade to the state-wide poster contest.  All entries may be used in national, regional, and state cybersecurity awareness or online safety campaigns.  The MT-ISAC will select 13 state winners, one from each K-12 grade, which will be featured in a 2019 Montana Kids Safe Online calendar and also submitted to the MS-ISAC for entry into the national poster contest.  The Governor’s office will select the top four state winners to be displayed on posters and other educational material.

 

Registration

If your school is interested in participating in Montana's "Kids Safe Online" poster contest, then please have your school principal or administrator send an email to: poster@mt.gov by November 21, 2018.  We will confirm your participation and provide helpful information to get your school started.

 

Suggested Topics

Poster entries should illustrate the safe use of the Internet or mobile devices in a positive manner. Some of the key concepts of cybersecurity awareness and online safety include:

  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Cyber Community Citizenship (Cyber Ethics)
  • Malicious Code (Worms and Viruses)
  • Social networking
  • Mobile devices (Smartphones, tablets)

Topic suggestions by grades

Grades K-8

  • How should you treat others online?
  • What information is safe to put on social media and what should you keep private?
  • How should you handle unwanted attention or strangers online?
  • How can you select a strong password and keep it secure?
  • How can you handle cyberbullying?

Grades 9-12

  • How can you preserve your online reputation or “digital footprint” on both social media and elsewhere on the Internet?
  • How should you handle unwanted attention or strangers online?
  • How can you select a strong password and keep it secure?
  • Why is it important to keep your devices and software up to date?
  • When is it safe to text and what information is safe to text?

Examples of previous national winners can be found here and here.

 

Requirements

See the Montana Kids Safe Online Poster Contest Fact Sheet for more information.

Format

  • Original hand-drawn or electronically created submissions will be accepted. 
  • Text should be dark and large enough to read. 
  • Submissions may be in the format of either a full-page drawing or a 4-panel comic.

Layout

  • Only landscape layout submissions will be accepted! Calendars are in landscape format.

Dimensions

  • Minimum: 11”x 8.5”
  • Maximum: 14”x 11”

Content

  • Do Not send any artwork that contains trademarked images or brands such as Disney Characters, Dell, Google, Twitter, etc. For additional information on copyright visit: http://www.copyrightkids.org/
  • Do Not put any identifying information (such as student’s full name or age) on the front of the poster.
  • Adults may offer minimum technical support but cannot aid in the creative process. No professional (paid) assistance is allowed.
  • Inappropriate or offensive language and images will cause a submission to be automatically disqualified.

Note:

  • Students may use a variety of media, such as watercolor, pen and ink, crayon, chalk, or markers.
  • Brighter colors reproduce better for the calendar. Light pencil marks will not show up.
  • Keep in mind most posters will likely be on public display and should be easy to see or read.

 

Submission

Poster entries will only be accepted from schools that registered by the deadline.  If your school is interested in participating in Montana's "Kids Safe Online" poster contest, then please have your school principal or administrator send an email to: poster@mt.gov by November 21, 2018.  We will confirm your participation and provide helpful information to get your school started.

Entry Form

Due Date

  • Posters and Entry Forms must be submitted by December 21, 2018. (Limited to three entries per grade per school).

Submitting via US Mail or other courier

Poster entries and forms should be mailed to:

Kids Safe Online Poster Contest
SITSD Room 229
125 N. Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

Submitting electronically

Email digital artwork to: poster@mt.gov

Note:

  • All entries must be submitted with a completed Montana Kids Safe Online Poster Contest Entry Form.
  • All entries become the property of the State of Montana and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
  • All entries may be used in future security awareness campaigns or Internet and computer safety publications.
  • Poster entries will not be returned.

 

Judging

Members of the MT-ISAC will pick 13 winning posters, one from each grade K-12.  The Governor will pick the top four winning posters, including the State's overall winner.  Posters will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • artistry
  • creativity
  • message
  • originality

Note:

Winners

Winners from each K-12 grade will be selected and their posters will be featured in the 2019 Montana Kids Safe Online calendar which will be distributed throughout the state and used in campaigns to raise awareness among children of all ages about Internet and computer safety. The top four winning submissions will also be made into posters. The MT-ISAC will notify the school contact person named on the Poster Entry Form if their student is a winner!

 

This is a fun way to raise awareness about computer and online safety, so have a great time!