Principals' Memo #1022-12

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

November 14, 2012

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Commonwealth of Virginia Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

Students in grades kindergarten through twelve are invited to participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Kid Safe Online Poster contest. The contest is sponsored by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). This is a national contest geared at promoting Internet safety among our youth.

The Internet is part of our daily lives and it is very important to teach our youth the importance of Internet safety. The risk of identity theft, cyberbullying, as well as stalking among children are increasing at an alarming rate. Education is the best defense.

The top three winning posters from Virginia for each grade group (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will be submitted to the national Multi-State Cyber Security Awareness poster contest. The winning posters will be displayed in the 2014 National Stay Safe Online Calendar and may also be used in campaigns to raise awareness among children of all ages about Internet and computer safety. The winning Virginia posters will be featured on the VITA Web site.

The official rules, entry form, and information regarding the poster topics and technical specifications are available at http://www.vita.virginia.gov/security/default.aspx?id=11232.

The deadline for poster entry forms and posters is December 21, 2012.  Late entries will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by e-mail. If you have questions or need assistance, please e-mail CommonwealthSecurity@vita.virginia.gov.

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