Leaving Fear Behind, Today's Youth Tell the World: This is What the Good Side
of the Internet Looks Like
Trend Micro's "What's Your Story?" contest awards two $10,000 grand prizes to
high schoolers in Canada and the U.S., whose videos show the positive impact
of the Internet
CUPERTINO, Calif., May 23, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Trend Micro Inc. (TYO:
4704;TSE: 4704) today announced the winners of the company's fourth annual
"What's Your Story?" contest, an international, award-winning video contest
that empowers youth to be leaders in educating peers about being safe online.
The contest provides youth an interactive platform to showcase not just their
creative talents, but how they have harnessed the power and connection of the
Internet in a positive way through creative storytelling. The 2013 contest
received entries from both individuals and schools across the U.S. and Canada
that answered the question -- "What does the good side of the Internet look
like?" -- for a chance to win one of two $10,000 grand prizes.
The $10,000 individual grand prize goes to a team of high school students from
Ottawa, Ontario. The group used collaborative talents in poetry and
film-making to share a message about the ways the Internet has impacted the
world. Their winning video, "I'm an Educated Dude," by Saad Sifate, George
Strawbridge, and David Oladejo, features David performing an original
narrative, addressing the opportunity for their generation to use the Internet
Ripley Union Lewiston Huntington High School, led by instructor Patty Ream,
won the grand prize for best school entry. Inspired by a popular
action-adventure video game series, Ream's students, seniors Jarrod Meyer and
James Setty, created the video "Legend of the Responsible Gamer," taking
viewers through several "quests" that illustrate the basic tenets of digital
Sponsored and supported by Trend MicroInternet Safety for Kids & Familiesand
a number of participating organizations, "What's Your Story?" was created to
empower kids, parents, teachers and schools around the world to use technology
in safe, responsible and successful ways. The contest's unique quality is
that it requires young people to become educated about being safe online, but
also encourages them to become advocates of their own messages.
To view all the winners of the 2013 "What's Your Story?" contest, visit:
Runners up: Individuals
o"The Internet Helped Me," by Matt Serra of Jacksonville, North Carolina
o"Lemonade," by Micah Bartel of Lake Oswego, Oregon
Runners up: Schools
o"The Internet Was Created for Good," by Tricia Fuglestad and Dreyden
Elementary School, Arlington Heights, Illinois.
o"Good Digital Citizenship," by Mike Scafati and The Meadowbrook School of
Weston, Weston, Massachusetts.
"What's Your Story is far more than a contest, it's a way to engage today's
youth to play an active role in shaping their own worlds, both online and
off," said Lynette Owens, director and founder of Trend Micro Internet Safety
for Kids & Families. "What I find most striking about this year's entries is
that each finalist had a compelling and positive message to their peers that
transcend cultural and geographical boundaries. We are very proud of the
thoughtfulness and creativity that went into each and every video."
For this year's judging process, Trend MicroInternet Safety for Kids &
Families againteamed up with some of the world's leading organizations that
either provide kids access online or advocate for their safety. All share
Trend Micro's vision and commitment towards Internet safety and the panel for
2013 included representatives from:
oNEW -Center on Media and Child Health
oNEW -Committee for Children
oCommon Sense Media
oCyberbullying Research Center
Finalists were selected based on a combination of views and ratings. Winners
were chosen by the judging panel based on creativity, appropriateness and
effectiveness. The grand prize winners in both the school and individual
categories receive $10,000, and the runners-up receive $1,000 each.
For more information:
oTo learn more about the contest, view the winning videos or see past
winners, visit http://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com
oFollow updates to the contest on Twitter @TrendISKF, and stay on top of
the discussion using #WYSContest.
Trend Micro's Commitment to the Internet Safety of Kids and Families
To support its vision of making the world safe for exchanging digital
information, Trend Micro aspires to make a difference by using its expertise
to make the world at large a better place. Trend Micro has made a commitment
to make the Internet a safer place for young people around the world through
its world-wide employee volunteer program, grants and donations to eligible
organizations, and partnerships with those who share its vision and mission.
For Trend Micro's free Internet safety tips, tools and advice, visit:
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704;TSE: 4704), a global cloud security
leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its
Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and
consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years' experience, we
deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our
customers' and partners' needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in
physical, virtualized and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading
Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ cloud computing security
infrastructure, our products and services stop threats where they emerge –
from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts
around the globe.
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