What's Your Story?

Safer Internet Day – 7th February

3What’s Your Story? 2023 winners are announced on this special day Feb 7th. Trend Micro Irelands annual internet safety video competition is a cause that we are very passionate about. Check out our amazing winners, be inspired and perhaps you will consider entering next time when we launch! (Oct 2023). We are so passionate in fact, did you know that we run this competition in 8 other countries around the world! For more information on other countries we host this competition in, please visit https://www.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/for-kids/whats-your-story Thank you to our amazing panel of judges this year who had the challenging task of choosing the winners; Media Literacy Ireland, Webwise, Smart Futures, Young Irish Film Makers and Cyber Safe Kids.

Get involved in your community on Safer Internet Day with Webwise.ie Safer Internet Day is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. Their Safer Internet Day Hub will provide you with lots of ideas, fun activities, and free resources that you can use to promote online safety not just on Safer Internet Day, but at any time of the year. Remember, regardless of how big, or small, your event is make sure to register for Safer Internet Day and put your school or organisation on the map! When you register they will send you out a free Safer Internet Day pack including wristbands for all the participants. For more information please visit https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/

As proud supporters each year, Trend Micro will celebrate Safer Internet Day all around the world in different ways. In Ireland, we will host several events during the entire week of Feb 7-10, one for parents, a workshop at our office in Cork for local school kids and a Bootcamp training session for transition years.

Internet Safety Talk for Parents Join Trend Micro host Avril Ronan on Safer Internet Day whose honest and practical approach has welcomed thousands of parents over the past few years to her talks. As a parent herself, Avril understands the evolving challenges that the online world presents. The goal for each talk is to help parents feel empowered and to have a better understanding of what’s truly important when it comes managing family life online. Expect top tips, live demos and free online resources on everything from safety, privacy, gaming, social networks to dealing with unkindness and screen time challenges. All our internet safety work is free to our community, so please do join if you can. To join Avril on the zoom webinar, simply register to attend at https://www.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/eventsie

70 children will become Cyber Academy Champions on Feb 7th Our trained Trend Micro employees will deliver several episodes of the Cyber Academy to 3rd class children who will visit0 our office on Safer Internet Day. To access the Cyber Academy visit https://www.trendmicro.com/cyberacademy . This internet safety programme for kids is designed for teachers and03 parents to access directly and engage with children in fun ways. Check it out and get active in your community with this fun series that everyone can enjoy and learn so much together!

30 Transition year students from 2 local Cork schools will become Cyber Academy Ambassadors next week too! They will be equipped through our Bootcamp to deliver the Cyber Academy to children in their local primary schools, delivering education in an engaging and meaningful way to young children aged 7-10 years. If you would like your secondary school or primary school involved in this campaign, get in touch https://www.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/contact-us

As always, we are dedicated to delivering internet safety education to kids and families everywhere in creative and impactful ways. We hope you can join us.

Media Literacy Ireland have announced their new and exciting Media Literacy Awards. If you have been active in community raising awareness about the importance of understanding and tackling misinformation and disinformation online, then consider nominating yourself for an award. Closing date is Feb 10th so don’t delay! Visit https://www.medialiteracyireland.ie/awards/ for more information about the exciting 4 award categories. The goal for these awards is to inspire everyone interested in media literacy at local, regional, and national levels. Our young video winners certainly inspired us and they have been encouraged to go for the awards too.

In addition, our dear friends and passionate educators at Cyber Safe Kids are always there for you when you need them. If you need someone to come to your local school and talk to parents or deliver internet safety to children in your local primary school, you can contact them and arrange it, visit https://www.cybersafekids.ie/


And finally, did you know that we have Free Tech Tools to help you and your family be safe and secure when you’re online? Be sure to check them out at https://www.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/for-parents-and-teachers/free-tech-tools


This competition is supported by

  • Smart Futures logo
  • Cybersafe Kids IReland