INTERNET SAFETY VIDEO CONTEST SCHOLARSHIP
1. Choose an Internet safety topic from the list below.
2. In a paragraph, explain the creative approach that you will use so that your video is engaging, and actionable to teens. Explain what lessons viewers will learn. Email your (a) topic, (b) creative approach and (c) learning outcomes to [email protected] You will receive confirmation that the topic is open and that your creative approach has not been used by others. This will minimize videos that are duplicative. If you have a video posted on YouTube – please send the link.
3. Then begin conceptualizing, storyboarding, scripting, producing, and editing your video! Lights, camera, action!
4. Hint! Be creative, impactful, and actionable – please remember that engaging videos that are instructional, provide non-obvious information, and are persuasive will be judged the most favorably.
5. Winning videos will be posted on the Net Literacy website and on Net Literacy’s YouTube Channel.
6. Check out the Contest Rules below to understand the details of the contest and send any question to [email protected] Good luck and have fun!
The Net Literacy Internet Safety Video Contest Scholarship
Thank you! Net Literacy is grateful for the Indiana Department of Education’s focus on increasing Internet safety and long term support of Net Literacy. Also, our thanks goes to the Indiana General Assembly for increasing Internet safety awareness through Resolution 095 that calls for all Public, Education, and Government Access channels to carry more Internet safety content and specifically, Net Literacy’s Safe Connects’ Internet safety video programs. The Verizon Foundation was the first supporter to make funding available for this Contest and enable us to increase Internet safety awareness in a new venue. However, Net Literacy is solely responsible for the Contest, all judging, and the results.Thank you!
UPDATES – none
HINT: to see the quality and messaging of videos that are competitive – click on the link and check out the Net Literacy student created videos.
CONTEST RULES as of May 1, 2012
NOTE: THE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2012, AND AWARDS WILL BE MADE ON A ROLLING BASIS AS VIDEOS ARE RECEIVED.
1. Consider bookmarking this webpage and referring to it prior to submitting your video – contest updates will be posted on the top of this section of the webpage. Please send questions to [email protected]
2. Consider using online resources to research your topic. HINT As an example, the Indiana Department of Education has great information about bullying (http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/bullying), our Safe Connects PSAs (http://www.netliteracy.org/safe-connects/safe-connects-psas) show the way Net Literacy’s student volunteers address some Internet safety topics using a 30 second PSA format, and Financial Connects contest videos with a ***** rating (http://www.netliteracy.org/financial-connects/student-created-videos-games) will give you a perspective of what type of videos won when we conducted a financial literacy video contest.
3. Who will judge the videos? Net Literacy student volunteers.
4. What is the purpose of the videos? These videos will be used by teachers, parents, afterschool programs, teens, and other nonprofits to teach Internet safety to teens in the 6th through 12th grades.
5. GAME CONTEST RULES
Net Literacy, with its affiliated organizations (collectively “Sponsor”) presents the following contest to promote Internet safety among students in grades 6-12. Participants of the contest compete to create videos on one or more of the following Categories:
a) Net reputation – including the importance and impact of maintaining a positive Internet reputation and the short and long term consequences of having a bad Internet reputation,
b) Cyber-bullying – including the long term and short term consequences for people that cyber-bully and what can victims of cyber-bullying can do to protect themselves and others from a cyber-bully,
c) Social network safety – what Internet safety, privacy, or other mistakes do teens make when using Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, and what can they do to have fun while being safe,
d) Net predators – how do teens get into trouble and what should they do if they become uncomfortable online or find themselves in a bad place,
e) Video recording – what is inappropriate to videotape and how do students get in trouble for using their cellphones to video record inappropriate content or staged events and post them online,
f) Digital footprints – the positive and negative impact and aspects about the digital footprints that a person leaves,
g) Fake Facebook identities – what can students realistically be expected to do when the fake Facebook profile’s purpose is evil (click on this link from eSchoolNews.com to learn more about this problem – http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/03/21/fake-facebook-identities-are-real-problem-for-schools/
h) Something else – you’re in the halls at school and are online 24X7 – suggest an important and compelling Internet safety topic and we’ll let you know if it qualifies, we’ll appreciate your creativity, and it may result in us adding an additional Category or elaborating on an existing Category.
By entering the contest (“Entrant”), Entrant agrees that their participation in the contest will be governed by, and Entrant shall abide by the following:
1. Description of the contest: The goal of the Net Literacy Internet Safety Video Contest Scholarship (“Contest”) is presented to identify, inspire, nurture, and educate through digital media and learning. Contest Entrants are invited to submit video media that increases Internet safety awareness, as described herein above, among students in grades 6-12.
2. Eligibility. The Contest is open only to active full-time or part-time students (must be able to present proof) currently enrolled in grades 6-12 or active part-time college or graduate students in a 2-4 year college or university within the fifty United States and the District of Columbia for any time during the contest period (May 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 or any contest extensions as decided by the Sponsor) and who are legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states of the United States District of Columbia. Students may participate individually, as a team associated with a nonprofit, or as a team associated with a school’s teacher. For a team to be deemed Eligible, all members of the team must be active full-time or part-time students (must be able to present proof) currently enrolled in grades 6-12 or active full time or part-time college or graduate students in a 2-4 year college or university within the fifty United States and the District of Columbia for any time during the contest period (March 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 (plus any contest extensions as decided by the Sponsor and posted on the Net Literacy website) and who are legal residents of one of the fifty (50) states of the United States District of Columbia. Students and teams meeting these qualifications are defined as Eligible Students. If in the sole opinion of Sponsor an insufficient number of entries are received by June 15, 2012, Sponsor will have the right to change the definition of Eligible Students.
3. How to enter. Eligible Students will submit contact information, a one paragraph proposal, and the specific topic they will address via the email to [email protected] Proposals will be reviewed based upon the following criteria: (a) the applicant is Eligible in accordance with Section 2, (b) the creativity, impact, and instructional value of the entry, (c) and to ensure proposals equally address the five major Categories and other Categories as may be added during the term of the Contest. Each topic is will receive equal weight for consideration. All Eligible students submitting an application will receive an email response within two weeks unless extended by the Sponsor and posted on the Net Literacy website. All Eligible students selecting an open category will be invited via email to commence work on their video submission. Categories may close and be subsequently re-opened based upon total response. Each Eligible student may submit no more than one video entry at a time. After an Eligible student submits a video, the Eligible student may submit an additional proposal for a video for the Sponsor to consider if the Eligible student’s first video wins a cash Prize.
4. The entry period for the contest begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on May 1, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2012 unless extended in accordance with the Contest via notification on the Net Literacy website.
5. Official Rules: Each submission must comply with the following:
a. Each submission should be two to three minutes in length (but submissions that exceed five minutes will not be considered). Submission must be in an .flv format.
b. Contestants must review and agree to Contest Rules.
c. Each submission will be tied to a “primary” Entrant. In the event that a group of students (more than one) work together on the submission, the submission must be entered under the name of the primary Entrant. In the event that the submission wins (created by a team of Eligible students, submitted by the primary Entrant), it will be the responsibility of the primary Entrant to distribute the prize. It is important to note that only one prize will awarded. All agreements, consents, representations made or given by primary Entrant are binding upon all members of the team as if made by each such member.
d. The submission must be Entrant’s own original work, created solely by Entrant, though guidance may be provided by teachers or other adults. The submission must not have been previously published, released or distributed in any form; must not have won any award; and must not infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity.
e. Music used in the submission must be original and/or not require any additional clearances for the Sponsor to use or post on public websites or post in public forums of any kind. Music that violates copyright rules or are otherwise unlawful will be disqualified.
f. The submission must not contain or reference any names, products, or services of any company or entity or any third party trademarks, logos, trade dress or promotion of any brand, product, or service.
g. If any persons appear, or are referred to in the submission, Entrant is solely responsible for obtaining consent prior to submitting the video. Entrant is responsible for obtaining signed parental permission for persons under the age of 18 who appear in the submission or disclose personally identifiable information, in addition to any other clearances required by the Contest Rules. Formal submission of Entrant’s video will represent any required clearances. In the event where clearances are not covered, the video submission will be disqualified from the competition.
h. Submissions that are lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, disparaging, defamatory, libelous, or submissions that otherwise contain inappropriate content or objectionable material may not be submitted and may be removed at any time in Sponsor’s sole and unfettered discretion.
i. The submission must not contain any personally identifiable information of any person other than Entrant’s information. Should Entrant include personally identifiable information in the submission, Entrant acknowledges and agrees that such information will be disclosed publicly and Entrant is solely responsible for any consequences thereof.
j. Entrant may not be, nor may Entrant work with, parties in conjunction with the submission who are 1) represented under contract (e.g., by a talent agent or manager) that would limit or impair Sponsor’s ability to display the submission in any media form; 2) subject to an acting or modeling contract that would make Entrant/their appearance in the submission a violation of third party rights; or 3) under any other contractual relationship, including but not limited to guild and/or union memberships, that may prevent Sponsor from being able to use the submissions worldwide in all media in perpetuity on a royalty-free basis without payment or fee obligations.
Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify any submission that it believes violates or potentially violates any of the foregoing requirements or otherwise fails to comply with any of the foregoing requirements or otherwise fails to comply with any provision of these Official Rules. The decisions of Sponsor on this and all matters pertaining to the contest shall be final and binding.
Entrants and Teachers agree to indemnify and hold Sponsor harmless from and against any suits, claims, damages, expenses, including reasonable attorney fees that may arise from or in connection with Entrant’s submission and the use and or display of Entrant’s submission.
INCENTIVE TO INDIANA ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS UNDERTAKING THIS VIDEO AS A CLASS PROJECT. The first 500 Indiana elementary, middle school, or high school teachers instructing at an Indiana-based public, private, charter, or parochial school with at least 15 students in their class (Teacher) that undertakes the Contest as an in-school or out-of-school class project designed to increase Internet safety awareness and submits a qualified video will receive a check in the amount of $50 (the Pizza Party Money) to help their class of students celebrate their learning experience. The Pizza Party Money will be mailed within two weeks of the Sponsor’s receipt of an accurate, legible, and completed form. The Pizza Party Money is participation recognition that an Indiana Teacher engaged a class of 15 or more students that successfully submitted a qualifying Contest video. The Pizza Party Money may be paid before the Final Selection and is not an indication that the video may or will be selected as a Finalist. In the event that any submission receiving Pizza Party Money is later recognized as a Best of Web, Best of Class, or Five Star Video, the Pizza Party Money received will not be subtracted from their prize. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may post qualifying videos receiving Pizza Party Money on the Net Literacy website or Net Literacy’s YouTube Channel. Teachers may receive a maximum of $300 in the event that six of their classes submit a video in accordance with the Contest. The $50 is a reimbursable expense and no 1099 will be sent to a Teacher participating in this aspect of the Contest.
FINALIST SELECTION. Sponsor will select at least fifty finalists that will receive cash awards on a rolling basis beginning upon the submission and no later than January 14,2013, unless extended by the Sponsor and posted on the Net Literacy website by December 31, 2012. Sponsors may also select an unlimited number of semi-finalists who agree to have their video included without a cash award. Submissions that do not appropriately focus on the Internet safety Categories as further detailed in the first paragraph will not be considered unless specifically approved by the Sponsor. Sponsor will select finalist based on the following categories: a) 40% creativity, quality, and originality of concept; b) 40% effectiveness in engaging 3-12 grade students to learn how to be safe online; and c) 20% general appeal to the judges. Finalist videos will be posted on the Net Literacy website by December 31, 2012 unless extended by the sponsor. Winners will be selected by Sponsor, at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Winners will be contacted by January 15, 2013 unless the Contest is extended.
PRIZES: The contest is designed to give Entrants the opportunity to submit videos that respond to the theme of promoting financial literacy. The prizes will be awarded to Entrants submitting the best entries as determined by the judges in accordance with the Contest Rules.
a. One Grand Champion video will be awarded $1,000 and will have the submitted video publicized in accordance with the Contest rules.
b. All Best of Web videos will be awarded $500 and will have their videos publicized in accordance with the Contest rules.
c. All Best of Class videos will be awarded $250 and will have their videos publicized in accordance with the Contest rules.
d. All Five Star videos will be awarded $100 and will have their videos publicized in accordance with the Contest rules.
e. All other qualifying videos that do not win a cash prize may have their videos publicized in accordance with the Contest rules.
Entrant is liable for all taxes in connection with any prize awarded hereunder. Entrant hereby agrees and acknowledges that Sponsor will prepare an IRS form 1099 for a winning Entrant, as may be required by law, and supply such required information to the local, state, and federal taxing agency in accordance with all applicable laws, except as noted at the end of this paragraph. The check will be made payable to Entrant, we recommend that you consider this money as a scholarship and use it for college, but its use it up to the Entrant. Failure to provide all such necessary and relevant information requested by Sponsor for preparation of the 1099 form shall constitute a waiver of the winning prize by the selected winning Entrant. In the event of a waiver of the winning prize, Sponsor may substitute or select an alternative winner. Entrant failing to provide the necessary information hereby waives and releases Sponsor and its affiliates from any claim, dispute, lawsuit or the like arising out of and in connection with this contest. Entrants must respond to Sponsor’s emails within 72 hours. Entrants may not modify the focus of their video after submission of Eligibility, except with the expressed written approval of the Sponsor. Due to logistical and management constraints, Entrants may not modify their contact information without permission of Sponsor. In the event that an Entrant works with a group of students and a Teacher and submits a video in accordance with the terms and conditions of 5(c) and the Entrant (together with his/her parent or legal guardian if a minor) and all of the students working in the group (together with all of their parents or legal guardians if minors) of the Entrant (if the Entrant is a minor) and Teacher jointly decide that they will use all of the prize money to pay for a class-related or school-related expense, then Sponsor has the right to review the applicable tax rules and regulations and determine if it is a taxable event and if no 1099 is required. If no 1099 is required, Entrant will not be required to submit a social security number. Entrant may ask for a determination prior to the submission of the video, agrees that the check will be made payable to the school or school district, and agrees that Sponsor’s decision will be binding and final and not subject to appeal.
GRANT OF RIGHTS: By entering, each Entrant grants Sponsor and its designees the irrevocable royalty-free the right to display their submission, including Entrant’s name or in the case of a team, name and information for each member of the team) at the Net Literacy site for purposes of this contest without further notice or consideration, in perpetuity. Entrants further grant Sponsor and its designee an exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to display their submission on cable, broadcast television, wireless devices such as cell phones, and on third party websites including but not limited to You Tube, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites for promotional or educational purposes. Winners hereby grant Sponsor a royalty-free right to reproduce, exploit, adapt, use and display worldwide in perpetuity, without geographic or time limitation, for promotion or education related purposes in any and all media without further notice or compensation; however, Sponsor will attempt to acknowledge or credit Entrant in the event that Entrant includes crediting information on the video. Winners agree to sign any documents that may be necessary to affect the assignment of licensing rights.
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION.
The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to modify the terms and conditions of the contest, cancel, terminate, and/or suspend the contest and to disqualify any Entrant that tampers with the entry process, violates these official rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor may reject any submission, if in Sponsor’s sole judgment, the Entrant has been disqualified, has questionable eligibility or is otherwise ineligible to enter or participate. CAUTION: Any person who attempts deliberately to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties and fines; and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor may modify, cancel, terminate, and/or suspend the contest if, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, an incident of any kind occurs to corrupt or impair the administration, security, integrity, fairness or play (as intended) of the contest including without limitation: a) earthquake, flood, fire, storm or other natural disaster or act of God or b) labor controversy or threat thereof, civil disturbance or commotion, disruption of the public markets, war or armed conflict (whether or not officially declared).
As a condition of receiving a prize, potential winners must complete and return a signed statement confirming eligibility, a waiver and release, and except where prohibited, a publicity release within seven (7) days of the date stated on the prize notice.
By participating in the contest all Entrants and Teachers agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its affiliated organizations from and against any liability, injury, death, loss or damages to Entrant or any person or entity, including without limitation damage to personal or real property, caused in whole or in part, directly or indirectly by reason of their participation in this contest (or related activities) or their acceptance, possession or use/misuse of a prize.
DISCLAIMER. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY, IN NO EVENT WILL ANY OF THE SPONSOR PARTIES BE LIABLE TO ENTRANT OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF REVENUES, LOST PROFITS, LOST CAPITAL OR OVERHEAD, WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER OR NOT SPONSOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBLITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. In the event that Entrant or a third party litigates in behalf of or in association with a Entrant names Sponsor as a defendant in litigation, Entrant will pay for Sponsor’s reasonable legal costs and expenses. Net Literacy is an all-volunteer nonprofit with a board 50% comprised of students trying to make a difference by increasing Internet safety awareness. We’ll try to do everything correctly but the world seems far too litigious to us – so it’s best to participate in another programs if you’re uncomfortable settling a dispute with words. We’ll listen to what you have to say but Entrants agree, by participating in the Contest, that the Sponsor (that’s us), will have the absolute and incontestable right to settle any disputes and make any decisions. Thanks for understanding.
Except where prohibited, Entrants hereby grant Sponsor the right to use their names, likenesses, voices, opinions and biographical information for publicity or education related purposes.
Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected information. Sponsor is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware, software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or combination thereof. If for any reason the program is not capable of running as planned including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion , to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law. If there is a dispute as to the identity of the Entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the email address. The “authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the email address is assigned.
No Limitation on Exploitation of Materials. Each Entrant acknowledges that each of the Sponsor parties engage and have engaged in and will in the future engage in the development, preparation, production, acquisition and dissemination of creative, educational, artistic and other material (collectively, the “Materials”), including without limitation Materials that are similar or identical to Entrants submission. Each Entrant also acknowledges that other persons, including the Sponsor parties, may previously have originated and/or submitted to Sponsor or others, and may hereafter originate or submit, Materials that are similar or identical to Entrant’s submission. Each Entrant agrees that it will not be entitled to any compensation because of the use by Sponsor parties by such similar or identical Material. Without limitation of the foregoing, the Sponsor parties may use, without any payment or other obligation whatsoever to any Entrant, any part of the Materials, and any idea or concept contained therein, that is similar or identical to Entrant’s submission. Entrant agrees that the Sponsor development, preparation, production, acquisition, dissemination and/or exploitation of Materials similar or identical to Entrants submission or containing ideas, features, material and/or elements similar or identical with those contained in Entrant’s submission shall not entitle the Entrant to any compensation or other right or remedy whatsoever. Acceptance by Sponsor is not an admission by Sponsor of the novelty or originality of the submission.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules or the rights and obligations of participants or Sponsor in connection with the contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the state of Indiana, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state laws. Claims may not be resolved through any form of class action. Venue for all suits and actions will be in federal or state courts located in Marion County, State of Indiana.
If any provisions of these official rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
1. If you are an Indiana Teacher submitting a video that was a class project and requesting Pizza Party Money to celebrate the learning experience, download the form and submit it with a qualified video: Indiana Teacher Pizza Party Request
2. If you are an Entrant that worked with a group of students or an Entrant that worked with a group of students and a Teacher, download the form and submit it when you are notified that you have won: Form for Winning Entrant Working in a Group
3. If you are a solo Entrant, download the form when you are notified that you have won: Form for Winning Entrant Not Working in a Group
Form for Winning Entrants Not Working in a Group