Join the world’s leader in cybersecurity in raising awareness on Internet safety through a friendly art competition
MANILA, Philippines – The Internet has created a new ground for bullying, scams, identity theft and many other crimes. And the youth, unfortunately, have been targeted more than ever.
In 2016, the anti-cybercrime group of the Philippine National Police recorded a 71% surge particularly in cyberbullying cases ranging from online libel to abuse of minors. These would often leave the victims with low self-esteem and isolated even from their families.
As part of its efforts to raise awareness on Internet safety among kids and families, global cybersecurity leader Trend Micro, Inc. is bringing back the “What’s Your Story? Art Caravan” to Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City on November 25, 2017.
First launched in 2013, the art caravan visits different schools to encourage students to create digital or traditional art aimed at promoting Internet safety, in line with Trend Micro’s pursuit of a world safe for exchanging digital information.
Trend Micro opens “What’s Your Story” to the public during the Greenfield District leg of the art caravan. For this year’s edition, the company asks participants to create art around the theme, “If you could change one thing about the Internet, what would it be?”
“The ‘What’s Your Story? Art Caravan’ aims to encourage the youth to share our vision of a world safe for exchanging digital information and, in turn, become advocates for cybersecurity through art,” Trend Micro Director for Technology Marketing Myla Pilao said.
“The pervasiveness of the Internet leaves everyone vulnerable to phishing scams, cyber bullying, identity theft, sexual harassment and other crimes. In tackling the dangers that the Internet brings, educating the youth gives us a great start.”
New Generations 2015, a survey by Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific, revealed that 93% of Filipinos aged four to 14 and living in Metro Manila use the Internet. Of the 500 respondents, 86% access social media.
“As the world becomes digital more than ever, we commit to helping build a generation of responsible Internet users, who understand the importance of cybersecurity and contribute to achieving it,” Ms. Pilao said.
“What’s Your Story” is just one of the programs that Trend Micro implements to create awareness and advance discussions on cybersecurity at homes and businesses alike.
The art competition is open to three categories of entrants: primary, secondary and tertiary students. Participants will have to create and submit A4-sized artworks in portrait orientation using oil, pastel, charcoal, pencils, crayons, markers or watercolor.
Trend Micro will announce a winner for each category in every leg of the caravan. Winners will receive P20,000 each at the end of the contest on February 14, 2018. For more information, please visit “Click Right” Facebook Page.
When it launched “What’s Your Story?” in the Philippines four years ago, Trend Micro asked students to come up with creative videos showing how to maintain a good reputation online.
In her winning entry titled “The Story of My (Online) Life” under the school category, Marie Pellejo then forwarded four tips on protecting one’s reputation on social media. The entry encouraged to take care in putting private information online; associate only with people you know; consider protecting your profile by using good passwords; and think before you act.
“On the fourth year of our ‘What’s Your Story?’ art caravan, we encourage the youth to continue examining the good and bad sides of the Internet by identifying and pushing for meaningful changes one at a time,” Ms. Pilao said.
Trend Micro envisions a world safe for the exchange of digital information. Alongside its innovative cybersecurity solutions, the company provides intelligence to like-minded organizations such as the INTERPOL to fight child exploitation, illegal trade and other crimes.
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