Sisters’ music video wins Trend Micro competition to promote online safety

29 May 2013

Judith and Tessy Ehiguese celebrate their win with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs France Fitzgerald, TD, and Avril Ronan, co-ordinator of the Internet Safety for Schools & Families programme at Trend Micro (photo by Jason Clarke Photography)

Two sisters from St Joseph’s College in Lucan, Co Dublin, have been awarded the top prize in Trend Micro’s second What’s Your Story? competition to promote online safety among school-going children and teenagers.

What’s Your Story? is run by Trend Micro’s Internet Safety team in Cork and this year’s theme asked, what does the good side of the internet look like?

Individuals and schools were invited to submit videos and posters under this theme and hundreds of entries were uploaded to the competition website. The website received more than 35,000 views, ratings and comments from the public, but a judging panel made up of online safety experts and anti-bullying champions had the final say.

Sisters Judith and Tessy Ehiguese’s music video Internet Sensation came out on top, winning €3,000 for the girls’ school. Their award-winning video will now represent Ireland in competing for the European Award for Best Content for Kids in Belgium later this month. This competition, also in its second year, is organised by INSAFE Safer Internet Awareness network and the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

Individual category winners in the What’s Your Story? competition also received €500 each, and all winners plus their videos and posters can still be viewed on the competition website.

'Having fun on the Net' by Niamh Cronin, Cork, winner of the Age 8 to 11 Poster category

‘Having fun on the Net’ by Niamh Cronin, Cork, winner of the Age 8 to 11 Poster category

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.