The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) encouraged schools in Mississippi to participate in the 2013 Cyber Security Awareness Poster Contest. This contest encourages young people to use the Internet safely and securely and engages them in creating messages and images to communicate to their peers the importance of staying safe online. Posters were judged on the following criteria: creativity, originality, poster concept and adherence to technical specifications.
All public, private or homeschooled students in Kindergarten - 12th grades in Mississippi were eligible to participate in the contest and ITS received over 100 poster submissions. ITS judged the posters and 3 posters from each age group (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) were selected as winners.
The winners represented the following schools:
K-5: All 3 winners were from Buckatunna School
6-8: All 3 winners were from Itawamba Attendance Center
9-12: All 3 winners were from Hinds County Career and Technical Center
ITS is excited to announce that a poster submission from a 5th grade student of Buckatunna School was chosen as one of the thirteen national competition winners. These thirteen entries will appear in a 2014 calendar distributed nationally this fall by the MS-ISAC as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, recognized each October. The entries may also be used in national, regional and state computer security awareness campaigns.
All of the winning posters of the State of Mississippi contest were entered into the national poster contest sponsored by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) division of Center for Internet Security (CIS). The national contest will include students from the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories.