Grades 6-12 Contest Guidelines & Information (2017)

The 2017 Contest Grades 6-12 PSA Question:

How would you teach younger kids about the best and most positive ways to use social media? What mistakes would you advise them to avoid?

MARC PSA Contest Guidelines (Grades 6-12 in Massachusetts)

A Public Service Announcement (“PSA”) is, in essence, a video commercial designed to raise awareness or change attitudes, rather than to sell a product.   Examples of previous Public Service Announcements are:

  • “Click It or Ticket”  promotes buckling your seat belt in a car
  • “This Is Your Brain On Drugs” discourages teen drug use   

Students in schools should form groups of 2 to 12 students, and those groups should together produce a Public Service Announcement video. That production must be designed to raise awareness and improve other teenagers’ attitudes around the issues of aggression and bullying in school.

Content may be anything that students consider would be effective in raising awareness about bullying and aggression among teens. We hope to offer the winning team a limousine to escort them to the Awards Ceremony. Winning schools, supervising adults, and others are welcome and the students’ families will also be invited.


  • The video must be produced, written, and acted in by students.
  • The student group producing the video must be under the supervision of a teacher, coordinator, guidance counselor, theater teacher, or other adult in the student group’s school. The supervisor may be a volunteer adult (e.g., a parent from the community) if the school authorizes the project.
  • The PSA may be submitted by uploading the video on to the MARC 2017 PSA Contest Playlist:
  • Entries on outdated formats (e.g., Hi8 mini-tapes, VHS) may not be able to be judged, subject to the availability of appropriate technology. Please do not use these formats.
  • The PSA must run between approximately 30 and 80 seconds MAXIMUM.
    Content must be appropriate for all audiences. Submissions will be disqualified if they contain: Obscenities of any type; Inappropriate or offensive language of any type, including racial, ethnic, or group slurs; Nudity; Sexual innuendo, sexual content, sexually suggestive filming techniques; or any other content which the judges decide is inappropriate for a school contest.
  • Parental releases (on MARC site) must be obtained for every student under age 18 who is immediately involved in the production. People that do not play a vital role do not need them. (For example, students who help run a school television studio but only assist in this particular production tangentially would not be part of the winning team and therefore do not need releases; but anyone who speaks on camera or anyone who is actively involved in the production must have a parental release.) The parental release is necessary because the winners’ names will be released to the press and their PSA may be aired on cable or network television.

Productions must be submitted to MARC by February 14, 2017

Submissions should be uploaded the MARC 2017 PSA site (copy & paste this link into your browser than click upload):


*PLEASE NOTE that you must have your parental release forms submitted before uploading your PSA


For more information please contact the MARC Office at 508-531-1784 or email [email protected]

Every student under the age of 18 MUST HAVE A PARENTAL RELEASE FORM.