Win $10,000 in Trend Micro's Second Annual 'What's Your Story?' Contest
Article by George Norman
On 09 Feb 2011
Trend Micro, a global leader with over two decades of expertise in endpoint, messaging and Web security, was glad to announce the launch of the second annual 'What’s your Story?' video contest. This is an international, user-generated video contest that focuses on empowering youngsters to educate others about online safety.

As Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families, who sponsors the contest alongside a number of other organizations, explained, the goal of the 'What’s your Story?' video contest is to help parents, teachers and youth become more aware of Internet safety issues, and help young people stay safe online.

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Enter the contest and you have the chance of winning the grand prize of $10,000. The contest is open to anyone who is 13 or older from Canada, the UK, and the US. Submitted videos must focus on one of three issues, mainly: being a good online citizen; using a mobile phone wisely; maintaining your privacy online. All entries must be submitted by the 5th of April.

All the entries will be judged by a panel that includes representatives from the following organiations:

Trend Micro

"We wanted to create a fun and relevant way for everyone, especially today's youth, to be involved in their own online safety," said Lynette Owens, director, Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids & Families . "Last year, we were impressed with the level of engagement that teens in particular showed in this contest, and felt it was important to continue it. We are honored to be joined this year by some of the world's leading organizations advocating for youth online safety. Together, we believe 'What's Your Story' aims to promote the positive use of the very thing we are trying to keep kids safe on."

Childnet International
"We are delighted to be involved in the 'What's Your Story?' film competition. This is a great way for young people to learn about the safe and responsible use of technology in a creative, fun and positive way. Young people communicating to one another is a very powerful way to get messages across, and this is what these films can do," said Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet International.

Common Sense Media
"Today's kids connect, create, and collaborate through media, so it's vital that we encourage them to behave responsibly and treat others with respect in this fast-paced digital world. The Trend Micro 'What's Your Story?' contest is a creative and interactive way to really engage kids in the online safety discussion, and empower them to think critically about what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. We're excited to once again be a part of the judging panel, and look forward to seeing just how inventive and educational the 2011 entries will be," said Linda Burch, chief education and strategy officer, Common Sense Media.

ConnectSafely
"'What's Your Story?' unleashes the creative energy of citizen film-makers in ways that are provocative, energetic and effective. We love that many of the videos produced as a result of this contest are not only informative but fun and effective. We're especially excited that so many young people have decided to participate," said Larry Magid, co-director, Connectsafely.org.

Facebook
"One of the most effective ways to educate teens is for them to learn from their peers. Trend Micro's 'What's Your Story?' contest sets this dynamic up, enabling kids to learn about online safety and citizenship in a fun and entertaining way. Nothing is more important to Facebook than the safety of the people who use our service and we're proud to be part of this effort," said Andrew Noyes, manager, public policy communications, Facebook.

The Jennifer Smart Foundation
"I am honored to be a part of the judging panel. I think about Internet Safety all the time, and I want to help other kids and families keep it in mind," said Jennifer Smart.

Identity Theft Resource Center
"We are excited to again partner with Trend Micro for their 2nd Annual 'What's Your Story?' contest. Having teens, parents and educators involved in developing these videos on Internet risks is a win-win for everybody involved. We were very impressed with the quality of last year's videos, and look forward to the creative and engaging ways teens will be expressing themselves again this year," said Karen Barney, communications coordinator, Identity Theft Resource Center.

myYearbook

"myYearbook devotes many resources in our efforts to maintain the highest level of safety measures for our members. We applaud Trend Micro's efforts in educating young people about online safety through its annual 'What's Your Story?' contest and look forward to seeing some great video submissions," said Don Eyer, Vice President of Safety, myYearbook.

Net Family News
"'What's Your Story?" is ingenious because it gets the social web's most avid producers -- young people -- thinking about safe, constructive use while they're demonstrating, modeling, teaching and learning digital citizenship all at once," said Anne Collier, editor, founder and executive director, Net Family News.

Web Wise Kids
"Web Wise Kids has been educating teens, parents and educators about the importance of online safety for over 10 years. We have reached more than 10 million students across the nation with our interactive programs and educational seminars. We are honored to be a part of Trend Micro's "What's Your Story" video contest because learning to be a good online citizen, using cell phones safely and maintaining online privacy is critical for today's youth. Our hope is that collectively, we can encourage students to take what they have learned and be proactive in spreading the word of these very important messages," said Judi Westberg-Warren, president, Web Wise Kids.



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