Doodle 4 Google – Contest for Kids

Doodle 4 Google – Contest for Kids

doodle 4 google

Doodle 4 Google

Have your kids get their pencils, crayons, markers or graphic software ready – it’s time for the Doodle for Google contest.

Doodle 4 Google deadline – all entries must be received by March 23, 2012 (note entries must be mailed – see below for details on how to enter!)


The Doodle 4 Google competition is now open to all K-12 students in U.S. schools (including homeschoolers). Parents, teachers, or after school programs may submit doodles on behalf of their child or student as long as they are accompanied by a completed and signed entry form. Like last year, we do not have a cap on number of submissions from one school, family, or after school program but we still require that only one doodle is submitted per child. In the case of duplicate submissions by a single child, we will accept the submission that arrives first as determined by the “received by” date. Completed entry forms must be received by March 23rd.


One (1) National Winner

The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. homepage. He or she will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of his or her choice, a trip to New York for an event on May 17, 2012, a Google Chromebook computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it. We’ll also award the winner’s full time school a $50,000 technology grant towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology programming.

Four (4) National Finalists

Each of the other four National Finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it.

Fifty (50) State Winners

Each of the other 50 State Winners will win a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012 and a t-shirt printed with their doodles on it. All 50 Regional Finalists will also have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library.

Two Hundred and Fifty (250) State Finalists

Each of the other State Finalists will receive an official winner’s certificate and be featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest web site.

How to Enter

The first requirement is to get an entry form. Click here to request a Google 4 Doodle entry form.

Page 1: This page needs to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian of the child entering the contest.
Page 2: The entrant’s artwork needs to be drawn on the second page of the entry form. We have provided three options for page 2 of the entry form (two with the Google logo and one with a blank entry space). All are equally acceptable but only one may be submitted together with Page 1. We limit only one doodle per child. Duplicates are disqualified.


Design Guidelines

  • The doodle should be completed on page two of the entry form available at the top of this page.
  • The Google logo in the student doodle should be clearly visible and recognizable.
  • The student doodle should be done in pencil, crayon, felt tip, paint or by using computer drawing or design software.
  • We do not accept entries that use additional materials to create 3D effects.
  • While we encourage your students or children to use the previous doodle artists and winners as inspiration, we remind participants not to recreate or plagiarize previous designs. They cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
  • We keep all the original artwork and do not send it back. If you’d like to retain a copy of your student’s or child’s doodle, please make a color copy of it before you mail it in.

Where to Send Submissions

Doodles are due on March 23, 2012 and must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2012.

All submissions should be sent to the P.O. box (regular mail) or courier service address (e.g., UPS or FedEx, etc.) listed below.Please note that you cannot submit artwork via courier service to the PO box below. If you use USPS you must use the top address and if you use a courier service you must use the bottom address.

P.O. Box Address
Doodle for Google
PO Box 9112
Plainview, NY 11803-9112

Courier Service Address
Doodle for Google
c/o Tenthwave
35 Pinelawn Road Suite 207W
Melville, NY 11747

Get full details on the contest at

Internet Safety: Helping Kids Search Google Safely

Internet Safety: Helping Kids Search Google Safely

What kid isn’t curious about the world? With the internet at their little fingertips, the unknown can quickly be discovered. Keeping your kids protected from unsafe content while searching for those answers is vital in allowing kids to explore online.

While this internet safety tip won’t keep your kids from learning something you aren’t ready for them to know, what this will do is help keep pornography and other unsightly information away from curious little eyes.

internet safety with Google search

Google has a feature for logged in users called SafeSearch.  By default, Google’s Safe Search is set to moderate. Using the default moderate Safe Search setting will help keep explicit images out of your search results. Change your SafeSearch setting to strict to enable searching of explicit text and images, follow the directions below.

Setting Up Google’s Strict SafeSearch

Login to your Google account

internet safety with Google search

In the upper right-hand corner, click on Settings > Search settings

settings internet safety on google

Scroll halfway down the screen and select Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images) AND select Lock SafeSearch

safe search settings internet safety

Select Save Preferences – at the bottom right-hand corner of the page

save preferences for safe search

To confirm that SafeSearch strict is locked, go to Google and search. You should see an image featuring a set of large yellow, green, red and blue balls on the right side of the search screen. This verifies that your strict SafeSearch is on.

safe search is on

Internet Safety is the Job of Parents

internet safety is the parents job

Don’t you just LOVE the old school computer? This is my Z, 5 years ago. How computers change. I mean, the mouse was a WIRE and the monitor is BULKY!

While this handy tool, assists in aiding against kids viewing inappropriate content, internet safety is the job of parents.  Keep a frequent eye on your internet history, and temporary internet files to ensure that only what you want to be seen is viewed on your home computer.

Read more about Internet Safety.

Modern Nativity Story – If Mary & Joseph Were Alive Today.

Modern Nativity Story – If Mary & Joseph Were Alive Today.

This was originally posted on 12/21/2010. Today this video has generated over 10 million views. Keep spreading the good word and Merry Christmas!

What if the Christmas Story took place in 2010? Would Mary and Joseph be on Facebook? What if Mary had an iPhone and a Joseph had a gmail account? What if Google maps could lead the way? What if Mary & Joseph could check-in on Four Square?

Mary & Joseph in Modern Times

This is the modern nativity story, or the Christmas story shows how social media would have changed how Jesus’ birth would of been announced.

modern nativity story

Check out these 2 video stories featuring what if’s in regards to the Christmas Story if it happen today. They’ve taken what we have available today to make this timeless story of Jesus’ birth something we all can relate to. 

The Digital Story of the Nativity

How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the birth of Christ. I love the creativity put into this and seeing the Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, Gmail, Foursquare, Amazon. I hope that they keep re-creating this each year with each new social media and online trend. This is a story that everyone should know, but told this way makes it totally relatable. 



We are tracking views of this viral video:

2,745,431 views – 12/21/10
12,046,761 views – 12/12/12 – peaked.
12,554,253 views – 10/15/14

A Social Network Christmas

We are tracking views of this viral video:
280,659 views – 12/21/10
1,628,655 views – 12/12/12 – peaked
1,855,593 views – 10/15/14

A Social Network Christmas is another version of the Christmas story, but with a creative twist. This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior’s birth in a fresh, unique way.


Dear Mom, Stop Using AOL – Tech Help for Parents

Dear Mom, Stop Using AOL – Tech Help for Parents

If you’d like to contact my Mom, she’s cruising her AOL account or anxiously awaiting a *DING* on AOL instant messager. Yes, my Mom is NOT TECH SAVVY. She knows it. She is TRYING to adjust to the gmail my Sister and I setup for her. Someday, she’ll get Google Docs.  We will move that business of her from snail mail to the digital age. It just takes time.

teaching mom tech

In all honesty, my Sister and I probably are the worse people to try to teach her. We’re impatient with good ol’ mom. We talk way too fast (and though we look nothing alike, our voices and lingo are just about identical), have no patience and well maybe teaching isn’t our gift, nor is tech support.

So What Are 2 Tech Savvy Daughters To Do About Our Non-Tech Mother?

(This is where Google goes from brilliant to GENIUS).


Apparently, there is a HUGE need for moving the older generation online and educating them in the way of tech.  Google recognizes this. They understand people need to get it. They know that daughters and sons are attempting to teach parents how to do things (like copy and paste) and they’ve created a possible solution.

Teach Parents Tech (

teach parents tech

Google has created several easy how to videos covering the basics that your parents may ask about.  Sure, there are a lot of Google product tie-ins, but let’s face it… Mom and Dad NEED to know how to use Google products. On the website, you can send your parents a virtual tech support care package.  You fill in who the care package is for, choose videos to send Mom and then *BOOM*. A cute email is created and sent to your Mom or Dad with how-to videos.

Here are the multitude of videos Google has created over various topics.

The Basics

World Wide Web



Finding Information


aol meets twitter

Are your parents tech savvy, or are they still stuck on AOL?