“Cyberbullying, trolling, and online harassment can ensnare public officials and celebrities but also private citizens, whether teens or college kids or adults. Thousands of people are bullied online—daily,” Monica Lewinsky writes for Vanity Fair. “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.”
“Support — whether it’s from friends or strangers — matters. Trust me on this,” Lewinsky writes. “In today’s world, particularly online and especially for younger people, support—knowing you are not alone—is vital and can even save lives.”
“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,” Lewinsky writes. “Enter the #BeStrong Emoji Keyboard App…”
“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,” Lewinsky writes. “The free keyboard app is available for download beginning on World Safer Internet Day, February 9, in the iTunes App Store…”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The #BeStrong anti-bullying keyboard is available via the App Store here.
We almost downloaded it, but decided to save the 24.7MB. Close, but no cigar.