Monica Lewinsky learned a lot about online harassment and cyberbullying after her much-publicized relationship with President Bill Clinton in the nineties. She has bravely spoken out in a TedTalk and, just released an iOS app that provides an iPhone or iPad keyboard that you can use to send out positive emojis to support friends who are being cyberbullied. She wrote in Vanity Fair
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.
Safer Internet Day event
Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, a celebration of ways to make the Internet a better place, which is celebrated in more than 100 countries on the second Tuesday of February. The U.S. event will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood andwebcast , starting at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PT ET) so that everyone can take part.
More than 300 students from Southern California schools will be in attendance along with remote participation from schools across the U.S.
It will be live streamed at SaferInernetDay.us/livestream and portions will be broadcast on Periscope by roving high school student reporters.
The event will feature student leaders, Instagram star and student filmmaker Leo Sheng and a guest appearance by WWE wrestler and reality star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. WWE wrestlers, in partnership with DoSomething.org, Special Olympics, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), StopBullying.org, National PTA and other organizations actively promote diversity and kindness in the real world — where it matters.
Featured speakers Tsaka Armstrong, Zoë Quinn and Mike “The Miz” Mizanin
There is also a a student panel titled “Rejecting Hate, Building Resilience & Growing the Good Online.” Moderated by student filmmaker, Instagram personality and transgender activist Leo Sheng, it will emphasize how young people can become activists and do their part towards building a better, kinder and more gentle Internet. Here’s the full agenda.
Students won’t just be listening. They’ll be breaking up into small groups to answer critical questions to help solve some of the perplexing issues that technology companies, nonprofits and governments grapple with every day and their solutions will be shared publicly and with the professionals responsible for trying to solve these problems.
Note that the day’s first name is “safer,” not “safe.” Everyone involved in Internet safety programs seeks to make the Internet, mobile devices and other connected technology as safe as possible, but no technology as powerful as the Internet will ever be 100 percent safe. It’s a matter of knowing how to reduce and manage risk and conduct yourself in a way that is as protective as possible.
Supporters and national partners for Safer Internet Day USA include Comcast NBCUniversal, Facebook, Google, Ask.fm, LifeLock, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Trend Micro, and Twitter along with Committee for Children, Common Sense Media, the Family Online Safety Institute, #iCANHELP, the iKeepSafe Coalition, the Internet Education Foundation, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the National Cyber Security Alliance, the National PTA and Stop Think Connect.
Disclosure: Larry Magid is CEO of ConnectSafely.org, the U.S host of Safer Internet Day