Two sisters from St. Joseph’s College in Lucan have won the national Trend Micro “What’s Your Story” competition, which promotes safety online among school goers around the world. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald presented the sisters, Judith and Tessy Ehiguese, with their €3,000 prize and commended them on their talent and vision.
“I was delighted to present Judith and Tessy with this national award for their music video, ‘Internet Sensation’, which celebrates the opportunities of today’s digital age. I recently hosted a ‘Delete Cyber Bullying’ event in, St Joseph’s College, Lucan, where Judith and Tessy attend; so I know how dedicated the staff and pupils are when it comes to online safety,” said Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.
“Judith and Tessy did a fantastic job in bringing to life a teenagers attitude towards the ever-changing online sphere. Touch screens and smart phones bring wonderful extra possibilities into the lives of children today. We need to control digital safety and promote the world of opportunities offered online. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but i t is hugely encouraging to see companies like TrendMicro promoting this positive message for young people in schools right around the country,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.
Judith and TessyEhiguese created the winning video “Internet Sensation” in which they wrote a song, and filmed an accompanying music video, to promote the many positive aspects of the Internet for young people.
Avril Ronan of Trend Micro said, “The Internet is an amazing resource for young people and at Trend Micro we want to promote the positive sides of the Internet, while also helping school children to understand about digital safety”, explained Avril Ronan, co-ordinator of the Internet Safety for Schools & Families programme at Trend Micro. “The unique thing about this competition, as well as channelling school-goers’ creativity to create a video or poster about Internet Safety, is that young people become advocates of the message, as the winner is decided upon based on a combination of views and ratings, as well as final judging. Therefore the entrants share their positive message about the internet among their peers, promoting their videos”.
“Congratulations to Judith and Tessy as well as the sixth class of Scoil Mhuire in Lucan who designed a runnerup project “Manga Magic” poster. It’s great to see Lucan girls taking the internet by storm and local students making such a big impact on this prestigious competition,” concluded Fitzgerald.