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TREND MICRO LAUNCHES VIDEO COMPETITION FOR SAFER INTERNET DAY

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Eanna Lenihan (Trend Micro), Charlie and Grace Naughton and Caitriona Fenton of Trend Micro share their ideas on Trend Micro’s “Whats Your Story” Video competition for Safer Internet Day (5 February). The competition asks young people to create a video on the question “If you could have one special power that would make online life better, what would it be?”. Enter at whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie Picture; Clare Keogh

Trend Micro asks young people in Ireland “If you had one special power to make life online better, what would it be?”

Marking Safer Internet Day, global leader in cybersecurity solutions, Trend Micro, has launched its 2019 What’s Your Story? competition. Now in its eighth year, the annual global video competition is designed to give young people a platform to educate others and nurture safer, more responsible use of the internet.

This year’s challenge to young people is to create an impactful video around the question, “If you could have one special power that would make life online better, what would it be?” Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families initiative hopes to encourage contestants to stretch their creative muscles when considering some of the biggest challenges we face today on the internet, including privacy, hacking, hate, misinformation, and overuse, and what they could do to make it better for everyone.

“We depend more and more on the internet because there are so many benefits to it, but life online is far from perfect,” said Avril Ronan, global programme manager of the Internet Safety for Kids and Families program for Trend Micro. “To address that, we want to give students an opportunity to think about the role they play online, what they see as the biggest challenges and how they can make the internet a better place for themselves and for all.”

One aspect that makes this competition unique is that winners are selected partly based on how contestants engage with the wider internet to promote their video and advocate their message. From the moment they submit until the day the winners are announced they are encouraged to drive views and reviews of their entries among their communities to help them win.

Participants from Ireland will have until 30 April 2019 to submit their videos, and an additional two weeks past entry deadline to promote their submitted videos to friends, families, classmates and communities. Prizes totalling €8,000 will be awarded for the winning entries from categories across individuals, schools, clubs and societies circa 28 May 2019.

What’s Your Story? was first launched in 2012 and has run successfully in more than a dozen countries worldwide. Over the past 11 years, ISKF has hosted and supported more than 3,000 events at more than 10,000 schools, teaching more than two million children, parents and teachers worldwide how to use technology safely, responsibly and successfully.

For more information on What’s Your Story? 2019, please visit: https://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie/

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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