Anti-bullying advocate and wowlebrity Monica Lewinsky has partnered with Vodafone to unveil a new set of tools for teens who are being harassed online.
She writes in Vanity Fair:
Thousands of people are bullied online—daily. For World Safer Internet Day on February 9, it’s worth considering not only the many ways people can feel unsafe online but also new methods to help limit abusive behavior—or, at least, to blunt the emotional fallout.
Last year a survey of 5,000 teens from around the world revealed that young people often struggle to find the right words to use when a friend has been cyberbullied. Of those surveyed, 20 percent admitted to having been bullied online themselves, and twice that number said they had had friends who had been harassed.
Enter the #BeStrong Emoji Keyboard App,
Emojis are like modern-day cave paintings: simple, direct, visual. And because visual images are processed far faster than text, emojis can be among the quickest ways to send a message of support or concern.
A while ago, I had the opportunity to pitch this idea for the anti-bullying support emojis (which a friend and I cooked up over dinner one night), to Vodafone, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. Together, we conceived an emoji as a way to communicate support in a bullying situation.
Check them out below.
The free keyboard app is available for download beginning on World Safer Internet Day, February 9, in the iTunes App Store and coming soon on Google Play.