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Students honored for creativity, message at Internet Safety Awards

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Cyber-bullying. Internet predators. Plagiarism.

Those were just a few of the topics of some award-winning student videos at the fourth annual Internet Safety Awards, held at the Farrington High School Auditorium Friday.

Those students were honored for their creativity, and for increasing awareness about how to be safe on the Internet.

One of the top winners was a video entitled "Gotcha," submitted by Daniel Morrison, Douglas Westbrook and Malae Willis, students at Waianae High School. Morrison said he got the idea of someone taking people's faces away, as if they were photographs, from a commercial.

"What if we turn it into an idea, without the frame? Just taking them off people's faces as identity theft," said Morrison in describing the video.

Westbrook said it was important to enter to be creative -- and to get the message out about Internet safety. "Just so everyone can take it seriously and just avoid it. Anyone can take your identity," he said.

Event co-founder Chris Duque was amazed at the creativity of the students, all the way from elementary to high school. "We just want to recognize and encourage young people to use technology ethically. So not only better themselves, but better the community."

A total of 72 videos were submitted by 36 schools from around the state. Those videos and more details about the competition are available at the Internet Safety Awards Web site.

Hawaii News Now was one of the sponsors of the event.

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