The international contest, which aims to engage and empower youth through video and promote positive social media use, asked participants to submit videos that answer the question, “What Does the Internet Mean to You?” The winners – one individual and one school – will each be awarded a grand prize of $10,000 US. Runner-up winners – two individuals and two schools – will take home a$1,000 US prize each.
Moises Lucero, 18, of Winnipeg, Manitoba was a runner up winner for his film “Internet Introspect.” “I wanted to give my personal spin on the Internet and stress the importance of potential,” said Moises. “Sometimes people don’t use the Internet wisely, but if they do, and are passionate about the content they create, it can help them be their best selves.” His video is here: “Internet Introspect”.
Following the inaugural 2010 contest, teens, adults and schools have participated in ‘What’s Your Story?’ For Canada and the United States in 2016 there were nearly 120 entries — nearly double the number as compared to 2015. “The number of quality videos received this year was outstanding,” said Lynette Owens, director and founder of Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families program.
“Our call to action was far bolder than ever before. We really wanted to know what the Internet means to people and how it impacts their life. We were impressed with their answers and learned that people, especially teens, believe the Internet can be both positive and negative, have discovered ways to manage this, and cannot imagine life without it.”
Grand Prize winners in the individual and school categories:
- “Who Will You Be?” Stephen Ko of East Hanover, NJ
- “A Meaningful Journey” by Kiski Area Intermediate School yearbook staff in Vandergrift, PA
Individual Winners – each will receive $1,000
- “The Internet | Olivia’s Take” by Olivia C. of Sag Harbor, NY
- “Internet Introspect” by Moises L. of Winnipeg, Manitoba
School Winners– each will receive $1,000
- “The Internet To Me” by Tony M. of Grossmont High School in La Mesa, CA
- “What the Internet Means to Me” by Tiegan H. of St. Charles East High School in St. Charles, IL
Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families was joined a few of the world’s leading organizations to judge all 2016 submissions. Finalists were selected based on a combination of views and ratings; the judging panel included representatives from: The US National Association of Media Literacy Education, Twitter, Facebook, MediaSmarts, (Ottawa) The iCanHelpLine, and Connectsafely.
About Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families
Founded in 2008, the mission of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families is to enable and empower kids, parents, teachers, and schools around the world to make the Internet a safe and secure place for today’s youth. ISKF does this through a worldwide employee volunteer program, grants and donations to eligible organizations, strategic partnerships with organizations working to protect youth, educational programs, and a robust series of online tips and solutions for parents, educators, and youth. For ISKF’s free Internet safety tips, tools and advice, visit: http://internetsafety.trendmicro.com/.
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