Promoting Online Safety in Canada: Trend Micro Launches Video Contest for Local Kids

At Trend Micro we always strive to be a responsible corporate citizen. Right from the beginning the company has devoted significant time and resources to a variety of projects: from house building in the Philippines, to our Give and Match programs around the world designed to support vital community projects. However, a special focus has always been on supporting, educating and engaging with young people just beginning to live their digital lives.

That’s why our Canada team is teaming up with local organization CyberLaunch Academy on a new video competition designed to raise awareness of online safety among school-age children. Winners will receive fantastic annual scholarships at the academy worth up to CA$500.

Working for a safer future

Security has, of course, been in our DNA right from day one. But the best products in the world can’t help us if tomorrow’s netizens don’t have a good understanding of the risks facing them online. So, it made sense early on to find innovative new ways to get the online safety message across to kids.

We host Summer Seminars for Japanese elementary school children, work with universities in Taiwan to develop local student talent, and run a popular international video competition – What’s Your Story? – to encourage more kids to take a lead on internet education. Our flagship Internet Safety for Kids and Families program has been delivering free tools to PTO/PTAs across the US for several years, and our Internet Safety Night in partnership with PTO Today has reached more than 5,000 schools since its inception.

We even developed Art Against Cybercrime; a German school project designed to encourage students to share their thoughts on the darker side of the internet.

But the truth is, we’re just getting started.

Time to Cyber Launch!

The latest project to come out of our Canadian office is a fantastic new video competition open to 7-17-year-olds from the province of New Brunswick. For the pilot launch this year, we’re asking entrants to submit videos of between 30 seconds and two minutes (and no more than 100MB) on the topics of cyberbullying, internet safety and online privacy.

Be as creative as you like. The most thought-provoking, persuasive and original entries could be in line to win one of these amazing prizes:

  • A grand prize of annual scholarship (CAD$500 equivalent) to enrol in two courses or workshops offered by CyberLaunch Academy
  • A one-time scholarship (CAD$250 equivalent) to enrol in one course or workshop offered by CyberLaunch Academy

The CyberLaunch Academy is a wonderful New Brunswick organization with a vision to improve elementary, middle, and high school students’ interest in science and tech, while decreasing gender imbalance in IT education. Its extra-curriculum courses teach everything from web design to personal online security, computer animation to coding – and much more besides.

This competition is a fantastic opportunity to get your child enthused about ICT, whatever their age or background, as we all work towards building a safer internet for future generations.

The deadline for entries is 20 August 2017. Please read the official rules for lots more details.

Good luck!

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