The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) in partnership with Houston ISD’s Office of Educational Technology have introduced a student-created video campaign to encourage public school students to engage about how to safeguard their privacy and personal data. In October, students from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) were offered the chance to create short videos to discuss pertinent privacy issues aimed at their peers, on topics which rotated monthly.
HISD elementary school students created videos on the importance of strong passwords as a key to responsible digital citizenship. Out of 8 submissions, 5 students from two schools demonstrated their mastery of this concept, winning the top prizes in the video production contest. Harvard Elementary School students won four of the five prizes (first and second, as well as two honorable mentions), while a student from Eastwood Academy took home the third-place prize.
The competition was created as a part of Houston ISD’s Digital Awareness program to increase students’ web savvy while also giving them an opportunity for creative expression.
“This has been such a great outlet for the students,” said Harvard Elementary School Instructional Technologist John Schaff. “We have been trying to create movies that fit into our curriculum, and we will be recommending other cyber safety and digital citizenship topics for future competitions.”
Students received gift cards of $150, $100, $50, and $25 for honorable mentions, provided by the Future of Privacy Forum. FPF has pledged to support the HISD program in the future.
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