Teens Invited to Make PSA About Internet Safety

HARRISBURG – Put your creativity to the test! Pennsylvania high school students are invited to participate in the “Operation Safe Surf” Video Contest.

With the growth in popularity of social networking sites, instant messaging and blogs, teens are getting messages from everywhere and everyone about being safe online. Here is a chance for kids to talk about the issue from their perspective.

What does online safety really mean to kids? Why should they care about it? How can kids best protect themselves while surfing the net?

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett and Microsoft have teamed up to sponsor this unique video contest for all Pennsylvania high school students. Teens can help spread the word about online safety by producing a 30-second public service announcement . Nine regional semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges, and the top three finalists will be chosen through online voting by the public. The top three finalists will travel to Harrisburg to put the finishing touches on their videos in a state-of-the-art production facility. The top three finished videos will be posted online for final voting with the winner announced during a special ceremony May 1 in Harrisburg.

The winning video will air on Pennsylvania television stations.

Full rules can be found through the attorney general’s Web site.

The first-place winner will receive a Dell laptop, an Okidata printer, an Xbox 360 and more. Other prizes will be awarded for second and third places. Nine semi-finalists will also receive Microsoft educational software.

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