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Stop Cyberbullying Day 2022 Highlights

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2022 was supported by a wide range of brands and public figures including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Urban Decay, Samsung, Ava Michelle, Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, Telenor and TELUS to name a few. If you are affected by anything touched on within this article, follow the links to our various support services or click on the blue logo icon at the bottom right of the screen to start using Cybersmile Assistant, our smart AI support assistant.

Our 10th anniversary year has been huge! Stop Cyberbullying Day 2022 unified people on and offline with events, announcements, livestreams, discussions and fundraisers taking place all over the world.

There are too many inspiring and impactful Stop Cyberbullying Day activities from this year to create a comprehensive list, so we’ve put together a selection of highlights from the day below:

Brand and institutional support

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2022 saw a wide range of brands, public figures, governments, media companies and stakeholders pledging their support for a more inclusive internet.

Content creators, influencers and celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment used their platforms to raise awareness of the event as well as promoting tips, advice and campaign messages related to the importance of digital wellbeing and a truly inclusive internet.

Notable supporters and public figures from this year’s event include:

  • Social media companies: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Education & government: LA County Department of Mental Health, Public Safety Canada, eSafety Commissioner Australia, Los Angeles Unified District Schools, Department for Education UK, Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf, Missouri Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education, Ministry of Education UAE, University of Brighton, Toronto Film School, Yorkville University, Willowpark Academy, Illinois State Board of Education, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent School Games, University of Edinburgh, Wildern School, Wyoming Health Council, St Helens Borough Council, PCC for Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, South Ayrshire Council, The Eswatini Communications Commission for the Kingdom of Eswatini.
  • Telecoms & technology: Telus, Telenor, Millicom, Samsung Mobile, TalkTalk, giffgaff, Grameenphone, Digi, AIS Thailand, 1-2-Call! Fan Thailand, Dtac, Telemundo, Bitdefender, ExpressVPN, Acer, ConceptD.
  • Public figures & celebrities: Holly H, Amazing Arabella, Nicholas Latifi, Monica Lewinsky, Audrina Patridge, Ava Michelle, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Pia Wurtzbach, Harry Maguire, Kasper Schmeichel, Nia Sioux, Andrea Meza, Taj Jackson, Ben Mee, Jermaine Jenas, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, Sue Scheff, Dome Jaruwat, Tilly Lockey, Yang Chi-Yu, Jian Man-shu, Keelong Xu, Kunda Hsieh.
  • Sports, entertainment & lifestyle: Urban Decay, Miss Universe, Rogers, Future, Burnley FC, Empire of the Kop, VIP Thailand, The Redmen TV, Thai PBS, Predator Gaming, Ten Toes Media, Labo Entertainment, Fabulosa, CelebMix.
  • NGOs: Dubai Foundation For Women and Children, Amanda Todd Legacy, Thai Health, Tyler Clementi Foundation, Girls Who Code, Internet Matters, Digital Rights Foundation, The Mix, Scouts Cymru, Parent’s Voice, WPA Health Insurance, South Ribble District Scouts, National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Media Smart, Together Active, Ref Support UK, Her Internet Uganda, St John Ambulance Ireland, American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • And many more!

This feels like a great place to say a massive thank you to everybody who took part in the event and supported it in their own unique way – we are honored to have your support!

We are always keen to hear from brands, governments, agencies and content creators who are interested in working with us – please don’t hesitate to reach out if this is something that interests you.

Brand and stakeholder social media conversation 

Brands and industry stakeholders took part in Stop Cyberbullying Day across social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and LinkedIn to demonstrate their support for an inclusive internet.

Click on the social links below to see the corresponding posts:

  • “The best way to protect your kids online is by teaching them how to use their first smartphone safely and responsibly. #StopCyberbullyingDay” – @SamsungMobile
  • “✨Positivity Thread✨To celebrate #StopCyberBullyingDay tag a friend below and tell them something you love about them 💜 @CybersmileHQ #UrbanDecayXCybersmile” – @UrbanDecay
  • “Your words and actions online can have a huge impact. This #StopCyberbullyingDay and on, use your virtual voice to encourage a safe and kinder environment for all. Let’s collectively cancel hate on the internet.” – @Safety_Canada
  • “Today is #stopcyberbullyingday. Los Angeles Unified is adding our support for a kinder, more inclusive internet” – @LASchools
  • “What happens online is a key part of real life, so it would be great if we could prevent cyberbullying from occurring in the first place. This is not always possible, but there are things parents can do to help their children: #StopCyberbullyingDay” – @eSafetyOffice
  • “The Miss Universe Organization does not tolerate bullying of any kind. We are a community built to champion, encourage and uplift one another. There is no room for hate here. #StopBullying #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY @PiaWurtzbach @HarnaazKaur @andreameza” – @MissUniverse
  • “We advocate to strive for sustainability and a more inclusive internet with #StopCyberBullyingDay.” – @Acer
  • “Every year – every third Friday in June – #StopCyberbullyingDay is celebrated globally and in UAE too by raising awareness about the prevention of cyberbullying, as this provides a safe learning environment for the students in particular and other members of the community.” – @MOEUAEofficial
  • “The internet is amazing, but could be even better without bullying, harassment and abuse. In honor of #stopcyberbullyingday, learn things you can do to help make digital spaces safer & happier for all.” – @LACDMH
  • “The Illinois State Board of Education believes that in diversity there is beauty and power. That is why we are working for a kinder, more inclusive internet by supporting #stopcyberbullyingday today!” – @ISBEnews
  • “Cyberbullying has real consequences. For #StopCyberBullyingDay, let’s take a minute to reflect on paths to a more positive, inclusive internet.” – @PredatorGaming
  • “Today is #stopcyberbullyingday and we are adding our support for a kinder, more inclusive and safer online spaces. 💛” – @TylerClementi
  • “You are not alone!! Keep talking & keep listening! Please reach out & start the needed conversations, show support to each other, every day, remember you matter… #caringforothers #KindnessMatters #caring4others #StopSuicide #StopCyberbullyingDay
    My name is #AmandaTodd” – @AToddLegacy
  • “Bullies come in many forms, but they’re almost always impulsive and controlling, and will use any information and access to you to make your life miserable. There is no panacea, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. #StopCyberbullyingDay” – @expressvpn
  • “Today is #StopCyberbullyingDay, which makes it a great day to have a check-in with your kid. Our age-specific conversation guides can help make it easy. Having these conversations can help prevent #cyberbullying from happening.” – @IM_org

You can discover more conversation around Stop Cyberbullying Day by searching for the #StopCyberbullyingDay hashtag on most social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn.

This feels like the right time to mention that Cybersmile offer a broad range of support services for issues relating to social media use. You can learn more about these support options here.

Exclusive Stop Cyberbullying Day interview with Cybersmile ambassador and Formula One driver Nicholas Latifi

Following his recent announcement as an official Cybersmile ambassador, we caught up with Iranian-Canadian Formula One driver Nicholas Latifi for an exclusive interview.

You can read the full interview with Nicholas here.

Premier League football players awareness campaign

Cybersmile worked alongside creative partner Ten Toes Media and a number of Premier League football players to launch a new initiative aimed at raising awareness of the real-world consequences that online abuse can have.

Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Harry Maguire, Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Mee and Jermaine Jenas all took part in the campaign by sharing edited selfies of themselves showing real-world injuries across social media platforms.

You can learn more about the campaign here.

Cybersmile and Urban Decay launched global WORDS HURT IRL campaign

Cybersmile and Urban Decay unveiled the WORDS HURT IRL campaign to coincide with the launch of Stop Cyberbullying Day 2022. The campaign included events in Los Angeles and London with the support of leading voices from across the digital spectrum encouraging people to stop giving hateful words power.

You can learn more about the campaign here.

Exclusive interview with Britain’s biggest Tiktok star and Cybersmile ambassador Holly H

We caught up with Britain’s biggest TikTok star and official Cybersmile ambassador Holly H to discuss the best and worst of social media.

You can read the full interview here.

Community engagement 

The power of our collective voice is stronger than ever! Stop Cyberbullying Day wouldn’t be the same without the thousands of global conservations that take place each year – encouraging a kinder more inclusive internet. Just like in previous years, Stop Cyberbullying Day 2022 saw huge numbers of people share inspirational and empowering content online.

Click on the social media handles below to explore just some of the day’s powerful messaging:

  • “Such an important message!! #StopCyberBullyingDay” – @HollieGordon_
  • “Oh my, Online abuse HAS to STOP… The consequences are immeasurable and I fear that it will only get worse if not actually dealt with” – @No_NameBanBan
  • “To the ones who needs to hear this “You are loved” 💗 💗💗 #StopCyberBullyingDay” – @ShoroK_88
  • “Well done everyone commenting for showing why @JHenderson’s post is so vitally important 😔 #BeKind #StopCyberBullyingDay” – @KaiGalles
  • “Good morning! Happy Friday and StopCyberBullyingDay! We can all do our part to help prevent and end online abuse.” – @Imkucharz
  • “No one defines who you are, except you. No one else’s opinion matters, but those you allow to be closest to you. Be patient with yourself, you’re a work in progress. Just like everyone else on the planet. #StayStrong Support #StopCyberBullyingDay” – @CareyVickie
  • “Guys today is #StopCyberbullyingDay and as someone who has received their fair share of this on social media I can’t stress how important it is to just be kind. I know I’ve been a bit of a twit in the past but we are all learning. Have a great weekend all.” – @FPLFella
  • “I’m supporting #stopcyberbullyingday today because I believe that everybody should be able to enjoy cyber connected world without fear. #StopCyberBullyingDay” – @Nasvilla__
  • “10 months ago #ZhangZhehan was a victim of an online smear campaign and intense cyber bullying. Today on #StopCyberbullyingDay we donate in his name! 💙 ” – @tardan_meihem

National Digital Wellbeing 2022 report published

Cybersmile announced the launch of Digital Wellbeing 2022, the second bi-yearly study examining the impact of social media on Gen Z in the U.K.

Following Cybersmile’s recent State of Play Report focusing on identity bullying in the U.S., Digital Wellbeing 2022 saw the focus shift to Gen Z relationships with social media in the U.K. Key topics explored include mental health, body image, social comparisons, negative news consumption, social media addiction and important areas.

Digital Wellbeing 2022 was supported by Cybersmile Wellness & Equity Advisor Dr Barbara Mariposa, ambassador Holly H and Gen Z influencer Amazing Arabella.

You can learn more and download the full report here.

A big thank you!

We would like to say a big thank you to all our partners, ambassadors, friends, supporters, activists, fundraisers, donors, brands, governments and institutions that came together to make Stop Cyberbullying Day 2022 such a massive success.

We also want to make a special mention to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for their continued support of Stop Cyberbullying Day – THANK YOU!

Get involved next year

Stop Cyberbullying Day 2023 will take place on Friday June 16th so be sure to put it in your schedule asap!

We are now accepting applications and proposals for official partnerships of all levels for Stop Cyberbullying Day 2023. If you would like your brand involved next year, let’s talk!