Aspiring Canadian Filmmaker Wins Trend Micro's 2nd Annual "What's Your Story?" Video contest

Entries are a compelling portrait of how young people view the Internet

TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Wrong Hands, a clever, fast paced two-minute video by Emmett Fraser, a young aspiring filmmaker from Ancaster, Ontario has won the Maintaining Online Privacy category in Trend Micro's 2nd annual "What's Your Story" video contest.  This international video contest combines the powerful tools of Internet reach and video to encourage young people to share ideas about online safety.

Fraser, 23, who also plays one of the video's (http://tinyurl.com/emmettf) two characters said: "I think most kids are aware of blatant requests for information or real-life meetings from strangers. I highlighted the more subtle ways that people can find and use our online information. I hope viewers take at least one lesson away from watching it and I hope they enjoyed themselves while doing it."

The three "What's Your Story" entry categories mirror some of the greatest challenges to online safety:  Being a Good Online Citizen, Using a Cell Phone Wisely and Maintaining Your Online Privacy.

Canada is one of the most connected countries on the planet and the highest percentage of teenage regular online users. According to Statistics Canada, close to 99 percent of teens living in Canada use online tools in their daily lives.

This year's contest received entries from both individuals and schools across the U.S., U.K. and Canada (outside of Quebec). Sponsored and supported by Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families and a number of participating organizations, "What's Your Story?" was created to empower kids, parents, teachers and schools around the world to make the Internet a safe and secure place for today's youth. The contest's unique quality is that it requires young people to become educated about being safe online, then share their knowledge with others through video.

Fraser's video will be used by Trend, initially in the US, to promote on line privacy in school programs and as a learning resource. Last year, another Canadian winning entry from Ontario teens KJ Proux and Matt Bendo, "Pull the Plug on Cyberbullying" video was selected to be a part of Web Wise Kids' Public Service Announcement appearing on the CBS Superscreen in Times Square.

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: www.trendmicro.com/internetsafety.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 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.  Our industry-leading cloud-computing security technology, products and services stop threats where they emerge, on the Internet, and are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe. 

 

SOURCE Trend Micro Canada

For further information:

To speak with Emmett or to learn more about internet safety, please contact: Claire M. Tallarico 416 616 9940, tallarico623@rogers.com

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