The Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking teenage applicants for a contest aimed at raising awareness about sexting and cyberbullying.
Entrants to the contest are asked to make video public service announcements — running 30 to 90 seconds — highlighting the importance of making informed decisions regarding digital communications. Submissions will be accepted from Thurston County residents ages 13 through 18 until Feb. 15.
Prosecutor Jon Tunheim said it’s important that the message about cyberbullying and sexting come from teens, because they understand the issue in a way adults don’t.
“We understand the difficulties facing teens today, and are dedicated to helping Thurston County youth share their voice,” Tunheim said. “Instead of asking a room full of parents and adults how to get teens’ attention, we’re going straight to the source and asking our local youth for help. We want youth ideas, perspectives, and thoughts about sexting and cyberbullying.”
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Submissions will be evaluated on their originality of messaging, technical sophistication, pacing and overall effect. Applicants can work independently or in groups.
Winners of the competition will be awarded Visa gift cards — $500 for first prize, $250 for second prize and $150 for third prize — at the Junior League Community Summit on Feb. 27. Winners will be notified in mid-February.
For entry forms and more information about the contest, go to co.thurston.wa.us/pao/youth-psa-contest.htm.