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Saturday 20 January 2018

Irish students' inspiring video highlights the dangers of 'having your head stuck in the phone'

'What's Your Story' winners Rithik Makker and Mattia Nardon
'What's Your Story' winners Rithik Makker and Mattia Nardon
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Two Cork students have been crowned this year's 'What's Your Story' competition winners for a short video they made highlighting the effects of having your head stuck in the phone.

Rithik Makker and Mattia Nardon from Coláiste Muire in Cobh were announced as overall winners of the competition organised by Trend Micro.

Their humorous silent short video, 'Power Off' shows how people put themselves in danger and miss out on life experiences when they are constantly on their phone.

The competition aimed to promote online safety and most of the entries related to obsessive social media behaviour.

"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,” said Nicola Buckley, What’s Your Story Programme Manager at Trend Micro EMEA.

The competition had a record number of entries this year and the overall winners received €2,000.

Commenting on the entries this year, Derek Chambers, CEO Reachout Ireland said: "The 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 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."

Some of the other winners included Togher National School from Dunmanway, Co Cork, who were crowned winners in the Primary School Category for their video "Access Denied" which discussed what they woudld change about the internet.

The Secondary School Category (13 years plus) was won by Loreto College in Cavan for their 2 minute video entry called “Nomophobia” describing the angst suffered by students when without their smartphones for a period of time. 

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