Stop Think Connect Introduction

Uploaded by DHSEngage on 08.11.2010

Hello, I’m Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cyber Security Coordinator
and today, I am asking for your help in tackling one of the nation’s biggest security challenges
– Internet Safety.
We use Internet every day – for shopping, banking,
and staying in touch with friends and family.
Businesses rely on it to interact with clients, process transactions and reach new markets.
Schools rely on the Internet to teach students about new resources
and opportunities that will help them chart a path for their future.
In today’s digital age, keeping the Internet safe is a responsibility we all share.
We need to take time to stop and think before we connect to services on the Internet,
share information online, or participate in online communities.
Stop. Think. Connect. is a national effort
to encourage the public to take charge of our safety and security online.
It’s challenging us to be more vigilant in establishing smart habits that will enable us to be safer online.
All Americans have an important role to play in securing cyberspace.
So today, I am asking you to step up,
get creative and enter the Stop. Think. Connect. Public Service Announcement Challenge.
We are looking for creative videos that will help educate Americans about Internet safety
and what we can all do to protect ourselves and our families online.
We want videos that inspire Americans to Stop. Think. Connect.
Your submissions should either be 60 seconds or 30 seconds
and should be directed towards one audience, such as teens, young adults, parents or older Americans.
To enter the Stop. Think. Connect. PSA Challenge log on to ,
create an account (if you don’t already have one)
and then submit your entry by posting your video as a YouTube response to this video.
You have until February 14th to take me up on my challenge
and the best videos will be posted on the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop. Think. Connect. web site
and will be used to help promote the Campaign.
Remember, when we Stop. Think. Connect. ,
we make the Internet safer for ourselves, our communities and our nation.
To learn more about the PSA Challenge or to submit an entry
go to .
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Thank you very much, and good luck.