TOGHER National School, Dunmanway have been announced as the winning primary school (8-12 years) in the ‘What’s Your Story’ movie competition for their video “Access Denied” which discussed what they would change about the internet, in particular issues relating to poor broadband, cyber safety and digital age of consent.
Entries to a video competition to promote online safety, What’s Your Story, have overwhelmingly demonstrated that the Irish youth understand the need for balance in their digital lives. With a record number of entries this year to Trend Micro’s video competition, the winning video “Power Off” was created by students from Coláiste Muire Cobh and Cobh Community College in County Cork.
“This year we asked students ‘what would you change about your digital life?’ and more than two-thirds of the entries related to obsessive social media behaviour and how smartphones consume such a huge part of their lives. Aside from the obvious opportunities presented by technology, the videos highlighted the importance of balancing time online and offline,” said Nicola Buckley, What’s Your Story Programme Manager at Trend Micro EMEA.
Commenting on the entries this year, Derek Chambers, CEO Reachout Ireland said, “The ‘What’s your Story’ competition really tapped into one of the most important issues for Irish young people, their relationship with technology and how to manage it. This is something that we’re hearing about all of the time through ReachOut.com and the competition entries really resonated with us. Young people are telling us about their digital lives and we need to pay attention, we may even find it helpful in our own personal battles with digital overload.”
Judges of the What’s your Story competition span a diverse range of companies and organisations working in the area of internet safety, media literacy, and technology from organisations like WebWise, Young Irish Film Makers, TY Ireland, ReachOut, Facebook and Twitter.
Also judging the competition, Garry McHugh, Director of Young Irish Film Makers said, “The standard of film making was excellent across the board. The young film makers showed fantastic creativity, strong storytelling and a great sense of humour thrown in. I think we are looking at the next generation of content creators and film makers of Ireland.”