On the eve of Safer Internet Day 2016, Trend Micro – a global leader in security software with EMEA headquarters in Cork – today (Monday) held an event celebrating the 5th birthday of their “What’s Your Story” competition in Ireland. Thousands of students from across Ireland joined the event from their classroom via video link and heard speakers from across government, academia, cyber-crime and youth organisations discuss digital safety online. Students and past winners of the digital safety competition were also on hand to officially launch the 2016 “What’s Your Story?” competition.

Speaking at the event Minister for Data Protection, Dara Murphy TD said: “Today’s event, hosted by Trend Micro is a positive and proactive example of the good work that is happening, and needs to continue to happen, right throughout Ireland, to promote online safety. Online safety is particularly important for the protection of our young people. I want to commend Trend Micro, and Avril Ronan, for the amazing work that they’re doing with their programme and “What’s Your Story?” competition to educate our young people on online safety.”

The video and poster competition, which awards up to €8,000 in cash prizes, encourages individuals, schools as well as youth and community groups to share their personal online experiences and this year they will be addressing the question: “What does the Internet mean to you?”

Speaking at the launch event and celebration Avril Ronan, Global Program Manager for Internet Safety at Trend Micro EMEA commented: “We’ve asked many questions and tackled many themes since the launch of the Irish competition in 2012. This year we want to know how the Internet impacts young people’s lives – for better or for worse,”

“There are often gaps or misperceptions between the reality of the internet for a young person verses  what we as adults perceive or worry about. The internet is a very powerful tool but that can be harnessed in a very creative and positive way and that’s what we want our young people to show us this year. They can share their views through a 2-minute video or a poster and be as creative as they can using live action, stop action, animation, paints, sketches, poetry, songs, music, gaming or through coding,”

“At Trend Micro we have always believed that by allowing young people to tell their story you empower them to inspire others,” she added.

PV 080216 TREND 20Pictured at the launch of Safer Internet Day 2016 and the What’s Your Story competition which promotes digital safety for your people are Avril Ronan, Global Internet Safety Program Manager, Trend Micro with Jack and Cormac Walsh from Enniscorthy, co. Wexford. Avril is explaining how cyber attacks happen and how messages can proliferate across the Web. Trend Micro launched the What’s Your Story competition at the Safer Internet Day. Celebrating 5 years, the video competition, What’s Your Story,  promotes digital safety for your people.  The video competition, What’s Your Story, celebrates 5 years of educating young people on safe and positive internet use.
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“What’s Your Story?” finalists will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the fields of Internet safety, media literacy, and technology. All video and poster submissions will be judged on their ability to inspire, as well as how effectively entrants have promoted their entries via social media.

Closing date for entries is 12 April 2016, winners will be announced on 17 May 2016. To learn more about the competition details, submit a video or poster, or see past winners, visit https://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie/ and follow on Twitter or Instagram @TrendISKF_IE #WhatsYourStory2016

Trend Micro will mark the celebrations with a weeklong hive of activities including 2 Be-smart internet safety workshops where 7 schools in the south of Ireland will spend a day at Trend Micro office, learning everything from the world of cybercrime to delivering the internet safety programme themselves to the students in their own school upon their return.

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