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State Superintendent of Ed. Christopher A. Koch and Illinois A.G. Lisa Madigan at LMS

November 3, 2009

State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined students at Springfield’s Lincoln Magnet School today to kick off the first statewide Internet safety contest to raise awareness about the dangers of the Internet and prevent the misuse of technology. The contest, open to students in grades first through 12th,
encourages students to create either a poster or electronic message addressing Internet safety and specifically this year, cyberbullying.

“Teaching children how to safely navigate the Internet is as important as telling them to look both ways before they cross the street,’’ said Koch. “The dangers may not be as evident but they are real. This contest, as well as a new requirement to incorporate Internet safety into the curriculum starting in third grade can help raise awareness about good Internet practices to keep children out of harm’s way.’’

The Illinois State Board of Education, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Governor’s Office are sponsoring the contest, called the Youth Internet Safety Contest. Students in any public or non-public district can enter the contest by submitting an entry as a poster or in an electronic media format (video, podcast or slideshow). Districts must submit all entries to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) by March 31, 2010. Winners will be announced in May. Winning entries will be shared on participating school and state Web sites and winners will be honored at a State Board of Education meeting.

Contest rules, terms and conditions, can be found online here:

“Internet safety education is now an essential part of our school curriculum here in Illinois and I believe it is an important tool in our arsenal to protect children from potential threats posed by Internet predators,’’ said Attorney General Madigan. “Many of our children and teens are exposed to dangers online that can be avoided by empowering them with ways to stay safer. This contest is a terrific vehicle for getting them thinking and talking about ways to be safe online.”