2018-2019 Kids Safe Online NYS Poster Contest

Attention Teachers & Educators!

The NYS Office of Information Technology Services, Enterprise Information Security Office (ITS EISO) is conducting a kindergarten through 12th grade computer safety contest in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).

The goal of the contest is to engage young people in thinking about cyber security through the creation of posters that will encourage their peers to use the Internet safely and securely.

school boys by lockersThe sponsors of the contest believe that young people know best how their friends and classmates are using the Internet and can craft the messages and the images that will resonate with their girl studying with laptop peers and help them stay safe online.

The contest is designed to be fun and educational.  Enter the New York State contest to become eligible for the national contest! Winners will be awarded in New York in early 2019. Winners will be submitted to the national contest for category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9 -12, and special education).

Entries may be used in national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns. Examples can be found on the Kids Safe Online Webpage at http://its.ny.gov/eiso/keeping-kids-safe/children.

We encourage teachers to use this contest as one way to begin addressing cyber security and online safety issues in the classroom. For information and resources about cyber security issues visit the "Protecting our Children on the Internet" and MS-ISAC.



All public, private, and homeschooled students in kindergarten through 12th grades in New York State may participate. 

Each participating school is permitted to submit up to five (5) posters per grade. How your school decides on the five (5) posters is up to you. Some schools may wish to have a contest and choose the entries; others may just have a teacher or principal choose.

Each participant should receive a Certificate of Participation to acknowledge his/her effort. Please print as many as you need.


Poster art should illustrate the safe use of the Internet or mobile devices in a positive manner. Create original artwork* that demonstrates one of the following concepts:

*Artwork cannot contain trademarked images or brands such as clipart, Snapchat, Dell, Google, Twitter, and Facebook.


  • interacting with others and not bullying or threatening others on the Internet

  • not giving out personal information on the Internet

  • only visiting safe websites

  • being cautious with email

  • being careful not to download malicious code from websites

  • how online gaming can be dangerous

  • protecting against identity theft

  • safe use of social networking

  • any original concept that illustrates safe use of the Internet or mobile devices

Suggested Topics

  • Cyber Security

  • Cyber Bullying

  • Cyber Community Citizenship (Cyber Ethics)

  • Malicious Code (Worms and Viruses)

  • Social networking

  • Mobile devices (Smartphones, tablets)


  • Original hand drawn or electronically created submissions will be accepted.

  • Posters are to be created individually with a limit of one entry per student. 

  • Electronic submissions should not use clip art or premade images.

  • Text should be dark and large enough to read.

  • A variety of media may be used, such as watercolor, pen and ink, crayon and markers. Brighter colors reproduce better. Light pencil marks will not show up.


  • Landscape Format Only


  • Minimum - 8.5" (h) X 11" (w)

  • Maximum - 11" (h) X 14" (w)


  • DO NOT send any artwork that contains trademarked images or brands such as clipart, Disney Characters, Dell, Google, Twitter, and Facebook. For additional information on copyright visit: http://www.copyrightkids.org/

  • Do not put any personal identifying information on the front of the poster.

  • Teachers, support staff, and parents may offer minimum technical support but cannot aid in the creative process. No professional (paid) assistance is allowed.

Posters will be judged by members of the Kids Safe Online Committee on the following criteria:

  • creativity

  • originality

  • quality

  • poster concept

  • adherence to technical specifications.

Any entry that infringes upon copyright will not be judged.

  • Austin, Kindergarten
  • Ava, Grade 7
  • Eleanor, Grade 12
  • Hailey, Grade 5
  • Liane, Grade 7
  • Lucy, Grade 1
  • Mackenzie, Grade 2
  • Madison, Grade 5
  • Meghan, Grade 4
  • Mia, Grade 8
  • Michelle, Grade 12
  • Sarah, Grade 12