Helena, Mont. – The Governor’s Office and the State Information Technology Services Division today launched the state’s inaugural Kids Safe Online Poster Contest to encourage young people to think about cybersecurity and help educate other youth on safe online practices. 

The statewide contest is being conducted in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) National Kids Safe Online Poster Contest. It is open to Montana students in kindergarten through grade 12. Students will create posters based on a selection of topics such as safe use of the Internet or mobile devices. School principals or administrators should register their school in the contest by November 1, 2018 and entries must be submitted by December 1, 2018.

“The ‘Kids Safe Online’ poster contest is a great way to get young people involved in spreading awareness about staying safe online,” said Andy Hanks, Montana’s State Chief Information Security Officer. “I am really excited to review all of the posters submitted by the K-12 classrooms in Montana,” added Hanks. 

The Montana Information Security Advisory Council (MT-ISAC) will pick 13 state winners, one from each K-12 grade, and Governor Steve Bullock will pick the overall top four state winners. The 13 state winning posters will be featured in the 2019 Montana Kids Safe Online calendar and submitted to MS-ISAC to be entered in the national poster contest. The top four state winning posters will be used in cybersecurity awareness and computer safety campaigns around the State.

For more information about the Montana Kids Safe Online Poster Contest, visit: https://cybersecurity.mt.gov/poster.

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Christie Magill

SITSD Communications Specialist

Montana Department of Administration

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