Please take note of the following guidelines before entering the Safer Internet Day 2013 competition:
1. What is the Online Achievements Competition
With our Online Achievements Competition we want to provide young people with the opportunity to share achievements that they have accomplished through using modern media and the internet, perhaps demonstrating their right to be active participants in the online world or their responsibility in influence change as the digital citizens of tomorrow.
There will be three competition categories; for participants aged under 9, 9-14 or over 15. Recognising the global nature of SID celebrations, entries are welcome from any country.
3. What does participation involve?
We invite children and young people to create and submit a written entries (for example, a short essay or a blog entry) or a video blog (max. 2 minutes) describing their achievements in the online world. This need not necessarily be something big or grand – just something that has made a difference to their lives, or the lives of those around them. It could for example be mastering a new skill, taking a stand against bullying in a chatroom or social networking site, or helping a grandparent to send their first email.
Please use your creativity and imagination!
Winners in each age category will receive a prize. Older winners (14+) will also have the chance to become an online safety ambassador for the Insafe network or attend the annual Safer Internet Summer School in Romania.
All entrants will receive an electronic certificate (via email after the competition closing date) as acknowledgment of their participation.
4. What are the key dates I need to be aware of?
This competition launches on Safer Internet Day 2013. Entries can be submitted online from 5 February 2013 to 15 March 2013, inclusive. All entries must be received by midnight CET on 15 March 2013.
5. How do I submit my entry?
On the online submission form you will be asked to provide various information regarding your entry and the people involved in creating it, but you must name a supporting adult as the main point of contact. We will use this point of contact should we require any further information regarding your entry, or indeed for notification of winners.
Entries can be made in the English language only. Additionally, when you upload your entry using the online submission form, you will be asked to provide a short summary of your entry in (maximum 150 words).
You can either upload your submission via the entry form, or provide a link to it if hosted elsewhere (i.e. on an existing blog or a video on YouTube/Vimeo).
Uploaded files should be in standard file formats (i.e. .for written pieces: doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf,; or for video entries: mp4, .mpg, .avi, .wmv, .flv, .mov).
The maximum file size for uploads is 250MB.
6. How will the winners be notified?
Three winning entries will be selected – one in each category
Winners will be notified to the supporting adult by the end of March. Please note that the judge’s decision is final.
Please also note you will not be notified if your entry was unsuccessful. All competition participants will, however, receive an electronic certificate of participation following the close of the competition - for this reason, please ensure that you have provided a valid email address.
7. What will happen with my entry after the competition closes?
We hope to receive lots of fantastic entries, and would like to make them available, for all the world to see your hard work and effort, after the competition closes.
We plan to create an online gallery of submissions in a public area of the Safer Internet Day website, and also promote these via a range of other channels and partners through news items, online links, and via our social media profiles or in promotional material for future Safer Internet Day campaigns.
You will be asked to confirm your agreement to this at the point of submission.
8. What about copyright, in general?
When creating your competition entry, please remember that the works of others, such as photos, images, music, and text are covered by copyright. This means that you should ask for written permission from the owner of that work (be it author, illustrator, composer etc.) before using it, and add a copyright notice/credits page to your entry as appropriate.
9. What about privacy, in general?
When creating your competition entry, please be aware that it may be made available to a wide public via www.saferinternetday.org and other related websites and print materials. Therefore, you may wish to think about privacy.
Do not include sensitive personal data, such as names, addresses or other personal information on individuals within your entry or anywhere in your submission. As a general guide, only ever give a persons first name, or consider using pseudonyms in your work.
10. Other legal and ethical issues
We reserve the right to modify the terms and conditions of the competition at any time. Any notifications or possible changes will be published on the competition web page and will apply from the date of publication.
Before submission, special attention should be given to the following points:
All participants must comply with national and European copyright laws.
Entries may not contain statements, facts, information or quotations that could denigrate or harm any person or group of people; neither statements, images facts, information or quotations encouraging persecution of people on the grounds of race, opinion, nationality, sex, religion, profession or other persuasion, nor entries encouraging crime or law-breaking will be allowed.
It is assumed that all persons photographed or filmed have given their (or a parent’s, or a caregiver's) consent for publication. It is assumed that all participants are happy for their submission to be published on the Safer Internet Day website, and in other promotional material as appropriate relating to this, or other European Schoolnet projects, other promotional material as appropriate relating to this year’s, or future, Safer Internet Day campaigns.
Further information on disclaimers, copyright and privacy can be found on the Insafe website.
Please note that an entry may be disqualified if it breaks any of the rules under ‘Other legal and ethical issues’.
11. Contacts for further information
Please contact the Safer Internet Day Team at SIDfirstname.lastname@example.org should you require any further information.