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We’re launching our 2009 My Privacy & Me Video Contest!

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We have exciting news that we hope you will share with your children, students, neighbours – whoever! We’re launching our 2009 My Privacy & Me National Video Competition for youth! Again, we’re asking 12- to 18-year-olds to create their own public service announcements on the issue of privacy. The videos should between 60 and 120 seconds long, and speak to other young people about how important privacy is. They can record the videos, animate them – present them however they like. And as long as the focus is on some aspect of personal privacy they can make it about whatever they want.

For inspiration, sit down with them and watch the 2008 winning and finalist videos. In our first-place video, A Lesson in Privacy, watch as Shelby the Snail teaches Timothy Turtle a lesson about Facebook etiquette.

In our second-place video, The Facebook Experiment, see why accepting someone you don’t know as a friend on a social networking site can have unsettling consequences.

And in our third-place video, Your Life, Your Privacy, find out how some young people put way too much faith in their computers.

They can watch the rest of the seven finalist videos here. Then, have them grab a video camera. Just think – one of them could be our next contest winner!

And if they need further inspiration, last year’s winners won some pretty cool prizes – an iPod Touch, gift cards to their favourite stores and we posted the videos on our web sites and YouTube channel – so they were seen by tonnes of kids. Plus, the top-participating schools won a top-of-the-line video editing software packages. Stay tuned for information about this year’s prizes!

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