Monday, 19 December 2016 11:16

What’s your story – what kids think of the Internet

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Security company Trend Micro has announced the winners of its “What’s your story” poster competition where children get to draw “what the Internet means to them.”

“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,”

The competition, run in partnership with Stay Smart Online Week, encouraged primary school children to think more about what the Internet means to them by asking questions such as "what role does the Internet play in your life?", ‘What do you do differently because of it?" and "How do you interact with others because of it?"

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.”

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Steve – the winner.

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Bianca – runner-up.

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Paige – runner-up.


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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