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Zendaya Wins Cybersmiler Of The Month Award For February

One of the most difficult things to do, is rise above online abuse and not retaliate – not a problem for the amazing Zendaya!

As we tap, stream and game our way through 2016 we continue to reward celebrities and companies who practice awesomeness online with our much coveted Cybersmiler of the Month Award. This month’s winner has been a true star online!

We are giving February’s Cybersmiler of the Month Award to the Disney star and pop Princess Zendaya, for being an all round amazing person online – setting an incredible example to others.

Firstly, Zendaya has been targeted by online trolls about her family AND the media have been slating her appearance…but guess what? In true #Cybersmiler style, Zendaya rose above all that negativity and didn’t retaliate (The number 1 golden rule for dealing with cyberbullying and online abuse. Check out our digital abuse help center for further help). Instead, issuing a public statement forgiving the people that had been abusing her online AND also offered some amazing advice for other people that may be going through a difficult time. WOW.

“Studies have shown that even though we try to act without prejudice, sometimes it’s just hidden inside us due to our past or surroundings. That hidden prejudice is often influential in our actions. It’s our job to spot these issues within others and ourselves and destroy them before they become hurtful. I have so many people looking up to me, that I couldn’t be scared, wait it out, nor could I just stand up for me; I had to do it for WE.”

Zendaya

That’s not even all! #Cybersmiler Zendaya has also been very outspoken about her own bullying experiences telling New You Magazine “I was taught as a young child by my parents and family to love myself, and it’s the same today – there are certain things that don’t bother me. I just focus on being a good person.”

You can explore the Cybersmiler of the Month Award winners Hall of Fame to see a full list of previous recipients and learn more about becoming a brand sponsor of the award here.

Zendaya we salute you! You truly are a worthy Cybersmiler of the Month Winner! We should all try our best to live the same way as Zendaya – Promote #POSITIVITY and forgive people where possible, and remember…don’t feed the trolls! If you are affected by cyberbullying and need support, visit our cyberbullying and digital abuse help center or check out our Total Access Support┬ásection. For further information about Cybersmile and the work we do, please explore the following suggestions.

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