Award Ceremony of Internet Safety Contest 2008 Successfully Completed

[Hong Kong,August 23, 2008] – Aiming to create an awareness of proper Internet behavior among youths, and to encourage mass participation to set up such standard, the ‘Internet Safety Contest 2008’ was organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) with the support of Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Ltd (HKIRC) and other supporting organizations. The event set out to encourage youths to express their ideas and share learning via the use of graphic design and wordings online. An award ceremony was held to reward students with outstanding creativity and performance, in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Many people think that Internet activities are invisible and cannot be traced, resulting in many improper and insecure Internet behaviors such as website defacement, copyright infringement, theft of corporate information, scamming and abusive use of personal data.

Mr Jonathan She, CEO of HKIRC said, ‘Teenagers in this generation grow up in a digitalized environment. Thus we are very delighted to have a role in organizing events of this kind, with a view to enhance and equip youths with proper Internet behaviors and awareness. We are also happy to organize this event with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and other supporting organizations, together contributing to the heightened awareness of proper Internet behavior.’

Each participating youth was sponsored with an one-year ‘.hk’ domain name so that they can post their own blog and website online to share personal experiences and ideas with an unique ‘.hk’ identity.

Kwong Wai Hung, champion of the Open Category said, ‘Given the fact that Internet has no boundary, positive news could spread out well and fast for good social motives such as tracing lost people and donating online. However, it should be noted that this platform should be utilized properly. If the message being communicated is inadequate or misleading, the impact can be adverse and huge. Thus a promotion of healthy and proper Internet usage becomes the crucial motivation for my participation in this contest.’

Norma Lee, participant in the online voting who was also awarded in “the Best Perspective Category”explained, ‘The submissions had shown us case studies of a very high standard, as such we are delighted to learn that youths had already got good understanding on proper Internet behaviour, and the side effects associated with self-responsibility of Internet abuses.’

The competition had received 229 submissions from 24 schools, among which 10 were from the open category and 219 from the student category. The submissions were posted online for public voting during May 19 – June 13, in which people were encouraged to select their favorite work. More than 920 persons had participated in the voting, contributing to a total of 3,035 votes.

The judging panel spoke highly on the efforts made by students. The judging criteria for the content of the winning works were mainly: accuracy, comprehensiveness, value and relevancy to teachings, themes associations, influence to the public, and others such as creativity, presentation, interactivity, layout, and convenience for usage.

Special compliments will be made to other supporting organizations to this event, namely Microsoft, Hong Kong Computer Society, am730 and ezone which have kindly sponsored the event.

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- About The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
Established in 1960, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) is one of the territory's largest non-profit, youth work organizations. Its main objective is to provide opportunities and facilities for the social, educational, cultural and physical development of young people. HKFYG has established a broad range of care and guidance services for Hong Kong youth, providing more than 10,000 youth activities annually through more than 60 service units, which have an attendance record of 5 million. The Federation's motto, Caring for Youth, Caring for the Community reflects that we devote our resources and energy to ten core services, which include youth employment, leadership training, volunteer services, services for youth-at-risk, counseling services, education services, services for parents, youth exchange, e-services and leisure, cultural and sports services.

Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a non-profit-making organization endorsed by the Government of the HKSAR to oversee the administration and assignment of the Internet domain names ending with '.hk'. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited (HKDNR), HKIRC provides registration services for the English domain names ending with '', '', '', '', '', '', '.hk' and Chinese domain names ending with '.公司.hk', '.組織.hk', '.網絡.hk', '.教育.hk', '.政府.hk', '.個人.hk', '.hk'; and other domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

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