Poetry Performance Video Highlights the Internet's Impact on a
OTTAWA, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Three Ottawa high school friends are the
first Canadian grand prize winners of Trend Micro's fourth annual "What's Your Story?", an international video contest promoting safety on line. "What's Your
Story?" an award-winning, user-generated video contest is an
interactive platform for young people to showcase their creative
talents, and harness the positive power, reach and connection through
storytelling. The 2013 contest received entries from both individuals
and schools across Canada and the United States answering 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 Ottawa teens combined their poetry, music and film talents to share
a powerful message about all the ways the Internet has impacted the
world. Their winning video for the individual category, "I'm An Educated Dude," by Saad Sifate, George Strawbridge, and David Oladejo, features David
performing a slam style original poem addressing the opportunity for
their generation to use the Internet for good.
"What's Your Story?" empowers 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 and responsible online, but also encourages
them to become advocates of their own messages.
"If we were to change one thing about how people behave online, we would
wish that people acted responsibly and maturely. Cyberbullying is an
issue that we hold close to our hearts. Those who bully think that just
because that there is a screen separating them and their victim, they
are bigger, stronger, and that their actions have no consequences.
Cyberbullying needs to be stopped", said Saad Sifate, age 16, in
speaking for the group, all students at Colonel By Secondary School,
after being notified of the judges' decision.
"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," said
Lynette Owens, Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families director
and founder. "We saw a great increase in the number of submissions from
Canada this year and what I find most striking about many of this
year's entries is that any one of these videos could have been filmed
anywhere in the world. The messages are universal."
For this year's judging process, Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families again teamed up with some of the world's leading organizations that
share Trend Micro's vision and commitment toward Internet safety. The
panel for 2013 included representatives from: MediaSmarts (based in
Ottawa), the Center for Media and Child Health, Committee for Children,
Common Sense Media, ConnectSafety, Cyberbullying Research Center,
Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo!
"We often hear about the troubling side of the Internet so it was great
to see all these powerful videos by youth about how the Internet has
changed their lives, and the world, in positive ways" said contest
judge Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of the Ottawa-based
MediaSmarts. "We're definitely excited that a Canadian team of students
has won this award as there were so many creative and thoughtful
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 further information: to speak with Saad Sifate, George Strawbridge, and David Oladejo,
please contact: Claire M. Tallarico 416 616 9940, tallarico623 at
To view all the winners of the 2013 "What's Your Story?" contest, visit:
http://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com and to follow 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: http://www.trendmicro.com/internetsafety
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. These efforts are supported by
1,000+talented threat intelligence experts around the globe.
MediaSmarts (formerly Media Awareness Network) is a Canadian, not-for-profit centre
for digital and media literacy. Its vision is that young people have
the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and
informed digital citizens. mediasmarts.ca, @mediasmarts
SOURCE: Trend Micro Canada
For further information:
Claire M. Tallarico 416 616 9940, tallarico623 at rogers.com