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LifeSmarts/ITRC Essay Contest

LifeSmarts is proud to partner with the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) to educate students, adults, and the community about the risks associated with sharing information on social media, their digital footprint, and what to do when faced with identity theft or data breaches. This year, LifeSmarts participants have an opportunity to write an essay on privacy and win a $2,000 scholarship from ITRC, sponsored by CyberScout!

What exactly is privacy?
Privacy means different things to different people. Most consumers have an expectation that they are in control of what they share about themselves – and with whom they share it – both in the real world and online; however, many are sharing more than they think and without fully understanding the consequences.
Step One: Take quizzes on the ID Theft Help app
ITRC’s free app, ID Theft Help, provides information about identity theft, and lets consumers connect with one of ITRC’s victim advisors who can walk them through their specific ID theft situation. Students will use the app to take two quizzes: the Identity Theft Quiz and the Privacy Quiz.
1. Students will download the free ID Theft Help app from the Google Play Store or Apple App store. https://www.idtheftcenter.org/itrcapp/
2. Students will take the Identity Theft Quiz and the Privacy Quiz. See the photos to the right.

a. After downloading the ID Theft Help app, take the Identify Theft quiz.

b. Once the Identity Theft quiz has been completed, take the Privacy quiz.

Students must take screenshots of both quiz scores.

3. Students must submit both screenshots and their essay to LifeSmarts by March 22, 2019.


Essay Requirements and Additional Information

Step Two: Write an essay about privacy
Write an essay of no more than 500 words that answers this question:
What does privacy mean to you, and what steps do you take to protect your privacy?

The student writing the winning essay will win a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship from ITRC and CyberScout. Five additional students will win Honorable Mentions and receive $100 gift cards.


An independent panel of judges will evaluate essays using the following criteria:

Judging rubric:

  • inclusion of personal experiences and/or examples, especially those that changed a student’s views about privacy, or made the student take steps to secure their privacy (15 points)
  • readability and clarity (5 points)
  • spelling and grammar (5 points)

Submit your essay and screenshots of both quiz scores between March 1-22, 2019, using the form below. (More information will be shared with coaches in the weekly Celebration Central updates.)
The winning student and honorable mentions will be announced in Orlando. The winning student will be asked to read their essay during the lunch on Sunday, April 14. 

More information:
Visit: https://idtheft.center/LifeSmarts