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Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 Safer Texas Public Service Announcement Contest

One of the goals of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is to empower young people to make smart decisions while online or in the real world.  In 2013, the Texas Regional Office will be holding the first ever Safer Texas Video Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest for Texas high school students.  The contest is open to Texas high school students, ages 14 to 18, who wish to make our state a safer place.

2013 Theme:  “Communication is Key”

PSAs should use the theme to encourage parents, guardians, and other trusted adults to take time to talk to the children in their lives about safety.
  • Entries should focus on specific safety topics such as going to and from school, summer safety, or online safety as well as sticking to an overall look at why communication is a key component to keeping children safe. 
  • Entries should be age appropriate for elementary, middle, and/or high school age students.
Possible questions to answer:  Why is it important to talk to children about safety? What are questions parents should ask their children?  How can teens talk to each other about safety? How can teens help middle and elementary students learn about safety?

Entries should be 28 seconds in length including credits.  Please download the “Guidelines for Entry” at to learn all official rules for the 2013 Safer Texas PSA Contest. Winning PSAs will be featured on NCMEC websites.  Prizes range from a $100 gift card (third place) to a $500 gift card (first place). Please direct questions to Shannon Posern, Program Manager, at (512) 465-2156 or SPosern@NCMEC.ORG.