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WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Winners of the "Stop. Think. Connect." public education campaign to promote Internet safety were announced Monday by three U.S. federal agencies.

"In many ways, the increased use and expanded access to new technologies has made our world more connected than ever before, but with greater connectivity comes greater risk of cyberthreats and cybercrime," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. "Now, more than ever, it is important that all Americans -- adults and children alike -- learn to protect themselves online and do their part to ensure that cyberspace is a safe and secure environment for all Internet users."

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The campaign's public service announcement competition, begun in November as part of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign, challenged individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations to create and submit video PSAs encouraging citizens to be safe and secure online, officials from the departments of Homeland Security and Commerce and the White House cybersecurity chief said in a release.

The three winning PSAs from students at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., the non-profit Stop Child Predators and Microsoft Corp. promote awareness among teens, young adults and parents on how to protect against cyberbullying, cyberpredators and other criminal online activity.

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White House cybersecurity chief Howard Schmidt said Monday's event was a good example of how government, the private sector, non-profit organizations, academia and the public can work to promote cybersecurity awareness.

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