How Would You Change the Internet? Trend Micro Video Contest Seeks Answers from Students

Annual “What’s Your Story?” contest will award $10,000 to one
individual film-maker and one school

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO:
; TSE:
), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced
its 2017 “What’s Your Story?” contest during Safer
Internet Day 2017
. This year’s theme, ‘If you could change one thing
about the internet, what would you change?’ aims to engage and empower
youth in an important conversation through the power of video and social

The ‘What’s Your Story?’ campaign, championed by Trend
Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families program
invites schools and students in the U.S. and Canada to share
their thoughts on what they would change about the internet and how they
would do it? While the contest theme changes yearly since its inception
in 2010, this year’s theme is designed to understand how young people
currently view the world and the internet’s impact on it, and to elicit
responses about their aspirations or hopes about the future of life

Each year the contest launches on Safer Internet Day, a day celebrated
in over 100 countries worldwide to raise awareness of emerging online
issues and encourages all to be part of discussions about them and
participate in some way to address them.

“We want to empower our kids and learn from them,” said Lynette Owens,
global director, Internet Safety for Kids & Families Program, Trend
Micro. “Our kids have been raised in a time when being online is a
natural part of their lives. They know and understand a lot, and we have
an obligation to listen and learn from their experiences. This past year
has presented many challenges for society online which sparked our
interest in asking a question like this. We are excited to see what the
youngest members of our society have to say about it.”

Trend Micro is offering two $10,000 grand prizes – one for a student
film-maker and another for a K-12 educational institution. Additional
cash prizes will be offered for runner-up winners. Video submissions
will be judged on how well they answer the question, as well as how much
the contestants have promoted their entries to as wide an audience as

Since 2010, individuals – teens and adults – and schools across the
globe have participated in the online video contest which has asked
contestants to address a wide range of topics, including: Being a Good
Online Citizen, Using a Mobile Phone Wisely, Maintaining Your Online
Privacy and more. ‘What’s Your Story?’ was created to give young people
a voice in guiding the conversation about what safe, responsible and
savvy Internet use is or should be. The contest has a stand-out quality
that makes it unique – to become a finalist, participants must not only
effectively address the topic of each contest, but must also become
advocates of their own stories by sharing it with as many people as
possible through social media and other means.

Finalists’ entries will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the fields
of Internet safety, media literacy, and technology, including:
ConnectSafely, Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, MediaSmarts, and the
iCanHelpLine. The full list of judges can be viewed here.

Winners will be announced on or around May 9, 2017. To learn more about
the contest details, submit a video, or see past winners, visit
Follow Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Family’s Twitter handle (@TrendISKF)
and Facebook page (
for contest updates, and stay on top of the discussion using the hashtag

Trend Micro’s Commitment to the Internet Safety of Kids and Families

To support its vision of making the world safe for exchanging digital
information, Trend Micro aspires to make a difference by using its
expertise to make the world at large a better place. Trend Micro has
made a commitment to make the Internet a great place for young people
around the world through its world-wide employee volunteer program,
grants and donations to eligible organizations, and partnerships with
those who share its vision and mission. For Trend Micro’s free Internet
safety tips, tools and advice, visit the Internet
Safety for Kids and Families page

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions,
helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our
innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide
layered security for data centers, cloud environments, networks, and
endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat
intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized
visibility and control, enabling better, faster protection. With over
5,000 employees in over 50 countries and the world’s most advanced
global threat intelligence, Trend Micro enables organizations to secure
their journey to the cloud. For more information, visit


For Trend Micro Incorporated
Ali Tager,