CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two graphic design students at Mason County Career Center have been named winners in the national Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.
Designs created by Jacob Buzzard and Tabitha Grindstaff were among 13 entries selected to appear in a 2013 calendar distributed nationally this fall as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Other winning designs were created by students in Delaware, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Ohio and Texas.
“The Internet exposes our children to a vast new world,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “Teaching our children how to use that resource safely and protect themselves while surfing the Web is an important step in educating children in the 21st century. These winning entries help promote that important message while featuring the talent of two West Virginia students.”
Approximately 850 students from 12 states and one U.S. territory participated in the contest, which was sponsored by the non-profit Center for Internet Security. The artwork and messages focused on themes such as preventing cyber bullying, practicing good cyber ethics, staying safe on social networking sites, and protecting against worms and viruses.
“Children of all ages should be having conversations with their parents, teachers and peers about how to stay safe online,” said William Pelgrin, president and CEO of the Center for Internet Security. “We believe this contest is a wonderful way to get those conversations started. Congratulations to all of the students who participated.”
Winning entries can be viewed here: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/awareness/poster2012/index.cfm. For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.