“What’s your story” is open to children aged 5 to 12, and celebrates the savviness and creativity of the digital generation and encourages them to start and sustain a positive, online dialogue with their peers and with the world.
Eleven-year-old Steven Tran, from Wiley Park in NSW, was awarded the $3000 first prize. Runners up for were awarded $1500 each – Bianca Ho, 12, from Whyalla Norrie in South Australia, and Paige Carpentier, 10, from Seventeen Mile Rocks, Queensland.
“This year’s competition drew more entries than ever before and we were blown away by the effort, enthusiasm, and creativity of children across Australia,” said Tim Falinski, consumer director at Trend Micro Australia. “The number of quality entrants is a testament to the teachers and parents around the country who engage and encourage their children to get involved in Internet safety,”
Judges included representatives from Facebook, Just Kidding Magazine, Cybershack, Stay Smart Online, and Trend Micro.
“As the Internet and Internet-connected devices become more and more a part of children’s lives at home, school and socially, it’s so important to engage them about cyber security at a young age,” continued Falinski. “We started the ‘What’s Your Story?’ competition to encourage awareness and positive behaviours for the future of online safety.”
Steve – the winner.
Bianca – runner-up.
Paige – runner-up.