New York State Office of Information Technology Services Announces Winners of New York State “Kids Safe Online” Poster Contest

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Alicia Biggs
Fifteen Posters Selected from Nearly 1,000 Student Entries Across New York State Schools
Friday, March 6, 2020

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) today announced the 15 winners of the New York State "Kids Safe Online" Poster Contest. The winners were selected from 977 entries, submitted by 100 schools across New York State. Winning posters can be viewed at:  https://its.ny.gov/2019-2020-kids-safe-online-poster-contest

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 will encourage their peers to use the internet safely and securely. The contest also serves as an opportunity for teachers across New York State to address and reinforce cyber security and online safety issues in the classroom. Students have a chance to illustrate their concerns about cyberbullying, sharing too much personal information and the appropriate use of social media platforms with their peers and teachers in a positive way. 

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 twelfth grade. 

"ITS is pleased to collaborate with MS-ISAC on this important educational campaign and we commend every student and teacher who participated and submitted entries. Congratulations to the winners whose artwork will continue to educate students and adults about cyber security," Interim New York State Chief Information Officer Jeremy Goldberg said.

"Educating students about cyber security allows them to make better decisions when using social media and determining what information is safe to share. I am always impressed by the creativity and understanding of internet safety depicted in the student's posters," said Acting New York State Chief Information Security Officer Karen Sorady.

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

The winners' artwork will be featured in the 2021 New York State "Kids Safe Online" Calendar. Winners will also receive a New York State certificate of achievement. All winning entries are submitted to the National K-12 Poster Contest, conducted by the CIS's MS-ISAC. 

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 New York State Poster Contest winners:

Grade K-2

Brooke Anderson - Clinton Avenue Elementary, Comsewogue School District

Logan Lane - Montebello Elementary, Suffern Central School District

Leanne Zhao - P.S. 94 Henry Longfellow, District 15

Grade 3-5

Addison 

Fiona 

Sophia 

Grade 6-8

Raahat Amin - Scholar's Academy, District 27

Eliza

Maya 

Grade 9-12

Jason Jiang - New Dorp High School, District 7

Zehang Lin - New Dorp High School, District 7

Jia Yu Liu - New Dorp High School, District 7   

Julian Yang - Brooklyn Technical High School, District 13

Isaac 

Allison

Access more information on the New York State "Kids Safe Online" Poster Contest at: https://its.ny.gov/eiso

About ITS

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) was created in 2012 to transform IT services in an effort to make New York State government work smarter for its citizens and enable the state to be accessible for businesses through the use of technology. ITS provides statewide IT strategic direction, directs IT policy and delivers centralized IT products and services that support the mission of the State. ITS operates data centers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to support statewide mission-critical applications for over 50 Agencies, over 17 million citizen accounts, 120,000 employee accounts, 60,000 phones, 99,000 desktops and laptops, and 3,433 Virtual Desktop remote connections. ITS operates a secure network of over 1,600 miles of fiber to deliver telecommunications, Internet and Intranet services, enterprise email systems and support, IT training, networking, data storage and processing to State government entities in addition to developing new services in support of citizens, businesses and State Agencies.

For more information, visit https://its.ny.gov and follow us on Twitter @nysits.

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