Sharing respectfully: the fight against cyberbullying

| February 14, 2013
#TakeNoBullies

Children become connected to the digital realm at an increasingly younger age (via MySecuritySign.com).

Stanley Arnold, a man who once ran for president in the 1970s, said: “Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.” Although his campaign ultimately fell flat, his point resonates beyond the 20th century. The proliferation of online bullying, in particular via social networks, is garnering serious attention, and requiring equally powerful responses. Researchers and advocates alike stress the importance of focusing on not just victims of bullying. Cyberbullying campaigns must also inspire the 88% of teens who admit to standing by when witnessing cruelty to have the conscience to take a stand.

anti-cyberbullying facebook sticker

Acknowledging the emotional cost of cyberbullying helps people be as tactful online as they would in person (via MySecuritySign.com).

 

At SmartSign.com, we used our resources as a sign and label company to create #TakeNoBullies, a campaign that promotes kindness and sheds light on the pain that a belittling tweet, status update, or photo upload can inflict upon a victim. #TakeNoBullies uses stickers and social network specific messages to promote digital responsibility. Ranging from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+, the stickers communicate positive, catchy messages.

Instarespect anti-cyberbullying sticker

Respecting others is the simplest and most important step in stopping bullying (via MySecuritySign.com).

Digital citizenship is a new and useful phrase, referring to the sensible use of the internet and mobile devices. The conversation of how to groom responsible digital citizens has become a pressing topic, since our society has collectively witnessed how online bullying drives victims to depression, and in some cases, suicide. Traditional anti-bullying messages, such as ones schools use to prevent bullying behavior in classrooms and playgrounds, no longer apply to the way that people now instantly and distantly communicate. So, it’s time to deliver a message that’s relevant, memorable, and makes a difference.

 

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About the Author (Mike Miles)

Half-stallion, half-cyborg*, Mike found his way eastward after 24 lovely years in Denver. Mike enjoys living in the East Village of Manhattan, rooting on his Colorado sports teams (Go Broncos!), wearing sandals in the winter, and home brewing beer. Previous to his role of Head of Social Strategy at SmartSign, Mike worked in the finance industry. He's a critically acclaimed haikuist under the pen name, Maiku. He can count to 10 in eight languages, including English, Hebrew, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, and Pig Latin. His lofty life goals include learning how to fly fish, acquiring proper pizza dough spinning technique, and figuring out how to whistle. You can find him frequently smacking his head on ceilings, door posts, and exit signs, (he's tall) or scouring social networks for funny pictures of dogs. *Editor's Note: Since cyborgs are technically half-robot and half-human, Mike's specific heritage is quarter-robot, quarter-human, and half-stallion.