ITS Announces Winners of NYS Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

Twelve Students Selected From More Than 850 Entries Received From Schools Across New York State
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) today announced the 12 winners of the New York State Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.  The winners were selected from more than 850 entries submitted by 125 schools across New York State.  The contest, hosted in conjunction with the Center for Internet Security's (CIS) Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center's (MS-ISAC) national poster contest, was open to New York State students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

The goal of the contest, held annually since 2005, is to engage young people in thinking about cyber security through the creation of posters that depict ways to use the Internet safely and securely.  The contest also serves as a tool to encourage teachers across New York State to address cyber security and online safety issues such as cyber bullying and the appropriate use of text messages and social media in the classroom.

"With technology at the fingertips of today's youth, we must increase efforts to educate young people about the importance of cyber safety.  The New York State Kids Safe Online Poster Contest is one small way we are helping to raise awareness about the many risks associated with being online," said Robert H. Samson, New York State Chief Information Officer.  "We are pleased to once again partner with the MS-ISAC on this important initiative. I congratulate our 2017-18 contest winners, and thank all students who participated from across the State."

"Educating our children about Internet safety allows them to make better decisions when sharing pictures, videos and information online.  This contest offers a wonderful opportunity for teachers to address cyber security and online safety issues in the classroom in a fun and informative way.  I am continually impressed by the creativity and compelling cyber safety messages depicted in the posters that these students submit," said Deborah Snyder, New York State Chief Information Security Officer.

"Our kids have embraced technology as part of their daily lives, but they also need to recognize the risks associated with using technology. Everyone is a winner in the Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.  Each participant, and those who view the winning entries and the calendars, have a better understanding of how to stay safe online.  We live in a digital world and need to be especially diligent in safeguarding our information," said Thomas Duffy, Senior Vice President of Operations and Chair, MS-ISAC.

The winners' art work will be featured in the 2019 New York State Kids Safe Online calendar.  All New York winning entries are submitted to the National K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest, conducted by the CIS's MS-ISAC. 

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 New York State Poster Contest Winners:

Grades K - 2

Austin-Gilbert Sylvain - Midwood Catholic Academy

Lucy Fraher - New York City District 31

Mackenzie Fitzpatrick - Notre Dame Academy

Grades 3 - 5

Meghan Miller - Connetquot School District

Madison Hoerle - Notre Dame Academy

Hailey Nguyen - New York City District 21

Grades 6 - 8

Ava Kornbluth - Wantagh Central School District

Liane Jackson -  Newfield Central School District

Mia Brandenstein - West Islip School District

Grades 9 - 12

Sarah Saad - Brooklyn Technical High School

Michelle Millett - Gloversville Central School District

Eleanor Shum - Brooklyn Technical High School

For more information on the New York State Kids Safe Online Poster Contest, or for additional information on how to stay safe online, please visit

To view the winning posters, please visit

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The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) provides statewide IT strategic direction, IT policy and centralized IT services to the state and its governmental entities. ITS provides IT enterprise services to support the missions of state agencies by operating four mainframe data centers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including more than 90,000 telecom users, 50 statewide mission-critical applications, a secure network of over 1,600 miles of fiber, including IT operations, telecommunications, Internet and Intranet services, enterprise email systems and support, IT training, networking, data storage and processing. In addition, the agency has a world renowned project management practice, operates a first class technology academy for NY government entities and e-learning program for groups, operates a 24/7 customer care center, develops and supports web applications and assists with application development.

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