Aya, United Arab Emirates
I entered the online world almost three years ago. Coming from a depressive state of mind, I seeked shelter in the online community. At the beginning, I was confused and lost. It was all very overwhelming, people from different backgrounds and different mindsets than mine coming and interacting. It was generally positive, but I have had multiple incidents telling me I am a freak (given that I am a gay girl) and lots of other horrible names. I was outcasted, in real life and online. Then I read a Richard Armitage article about Cybersmile and I started following their work. It was the best decision I have ever made, I found other people who thought the same as me. I found a welcoming community and responsive individuals. I found people who accepted me as I am and did not care about my sexuality or my background. I am very grateful for Richard Armitage for letting me know about this awesome organization. Because of what they do, I want to help others through them too! Cybersmile gave me something very important that I didn’t have, they gave me home.
Shahida Arabi, New York, USA
In an era where everything is becoming increasingly digital, I am so grateful that Cybersmile has stepped up as an advocate and safe haven for those who have been victimized. Cyberbullying has devastating effects on those who are affected, threatening their feelings of safety, privacy and worthiness. Cybersmile offers a plethora of resources and information designed to help individuals identify cyberbullying tactics, know their rights, access pertinent research on the topic and gain essential support through their global network. I am so grateful that this much needed organization exists to help and inspire survivors of cyberbullying. It is the most comprehensive platform I’ve come across yet!
Lisa Jackson, Chief Executive, The Body Shop Foundation
Exciting, innovative, trail blazing; these are just a few words I’d use to sum up Cybersmile and their incredible work. We are delighted to have invested in this organisation; such an incredible impact from our donations felt positively across the internet. An essential group for the issues facing today’s youth and one we are proud to support.
Laura Lewandowski, Chicago, USA
When down and out, I know I have powerful outlets to connect with and that’s the brilliant magic in Cybersmile. In this digital age, Cybersmile serves as a community where we can control not only the tone and tenor of our online conversation, but also help positively influence others so that such behaviour trickles down. This is why at least once a week, I like to scroll through the Twitter posts with the hashtag #ImACybersmiler. It’s powerful stuff.
Ben, Ontario, Canada
I don’t think people understand how important this group is until they have been or are being cyberbullied. Cybersmile is so important, they teach people to be confident and to love themselves for who they are. They stop people feeling ashamed of themselves. If they need any more advocates they can sign me up! Nothing anyone can say will break me, which is why I plant my flag of #POSITIVITY deep into the ground, because baby i’m not going anywhere!
Júlia Maelly, Patos-Paraíba, Brazil
I will tell you a story. Some people who I thought were my friends, mirrored hate rumors about me. It hurts so much. I was so scared and didn’t know how to ask for help. People began to hate me and I also started to hate myself, I know how hard this cyber world can be. The Cybersmile Foundation is so important!! I’m so grateful for this movement because I can feel safe. Thank you so much for supporting me, I totally support this movement!
Alyssa, Minnesota, USA
I was being cyberbullied by someone who I thought was my friend. Everyone is subject to cyberbullying; I used to think it wouldn’t affect me but it has. It got to the point where I had no idea what to do, I knew about Cybersmile and looked around their website to see if anyone had a similar situation and posted a topic in the Cybersmile forum. I ended up getting some really helpful replies about what to do, and if the person continues to bully me I will use their email support program. Remember if you are being bullied online that Cybersmile has a great website you can go to if you ever need help from a professional or even just from the Cybersmile community, they helped me a lot with what to do. Please know that you aren’t alone and there are people that are willing to help if you need it.
Kristin, New Hampshire, USA
One of the hardest realizations I’ve ever had to face was understanding that the bullying in my life will never stop. But after finding Cybersmile nearly a year ago, I also realized that while I cannot change the behaviours of the bullies in my life, I certainly can change the ways in which I allow others’ behaviour to affect me. The support, advice, resources, articles, testimonials, forum and blog posts at Cybersmile are invaluable to me. Though I still struggle every day to overcome the effects of a lifetime of bullying, I have found the strength and tools I need to make necessary changes within my heart and mind. Through the many courageous people who have been brave enough to reach out to Cybersmile for the help, answers and support they need, I have found the courage to reach out and speak up, myself…to ask for the help I need and to offer to others who need it too. As I look back on these months I can track the powerful, positive changes in myself, and I realise that through The Cybersmile Foundation and Cybersmilers world-wide, the power belongs to me, because I’m learning how to take it away from those who cause harm. I cannot thank you all enough for being who you are and doing what you do, and for welcoming me into this community with open eyes, minds, hearts and arms. I am proud of every individual who’s a part of this extraordinary organization, and I am truly blessed to have found you when I did. Much love, gratitude and all the positive support I can give! =)
Oliver Miao, CEO, Pixelberry Studios
Partnering with Cybersmile has been an amazing experience, after announcing our partnership we saw a 16% increase in player numbers and an 18% increase in revenue. They have been incredibly responsive to work with, helped us grow our social media presence and because of our partnership with them – news of our story has been published through media outlets such as The Washington Post, International Business Times and VentureBeat. They effectively used celebrities to tweet about our partnership reaching millions of people and even arranged for One Direction to be involved in our game. Most importantly, knowing that our partnership has changed and even saved lives has been incredibly rewarding.
Kiri Awramenko, Bristol, UK
I had it all, from phone calls, abusive texts, online abuse, pages set up about me on social media and social media spilling with hate. I adore The Cybersmile Foundation because if I had known about them when I was being cyber bullied I truly believe it would have helped, speaking to others that are going through it or have been through it and that have an understanding of the problem makes such a difference. It stops you feeling alone. I am such a supporter of Cybersmile, anything to stop anybody going through and feeling what i did.
Abbigail Newman, Tyne and Wear, UK
You have helped me so much. The support you have given me in the past is amazing and I have beat the cyber bullies all because of you. Never be afraid to contact Cybersmile because they will always send you a smile back! The advice and help is brilliant and I highly recommend them to anyone who is being cyber bullied.
Cynthia Ibarra, California, USA
I just wanted to let you know that I am extremely proud of how far this organization has come. I have been a supporter of this charity for a few years now and I continue to spread positivity online. You have changed the lives of so many people and I am forever thankful. Keep doing what you do, much love.
Lauren Pitcher, California, USA
I have struggled with anxiety and depression up to the point that I wanted to kill myself. This year I’ve been bullied and suicidal. After this year life has been going pretty great – your site changed my perspective on life. Cybersmile’s help made me realize what my life is. I’ve been bullied starting from second grade and I’m almost over depression. I now know what my life is meant to be and Cybersmile helped me through all of the steps.
Patricia Cartes, Head of Global Trust & Safety, Twitter
The Cybersmile Foundation is one of our main partners worldwide. Their feedback and support have been instrumental to us as we have continued to grow. Their initiatives help bring home a very positive messaging amongst young users. Cybersmile’s insight into online abuse, swift support and ongoing collaboration with Twitter make them a key partner for us.
Kani Lott, Utah, USA
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.. I’ve struggled so much with bullying because I didn’t have the same taste as someone else or I didn’t come from a rich family. Cybersmile taught me there’s nothing wrong with being who I am. I don’t have to pretend to be someone I never was. Cybersmile has helped me so much. Thank you for being lifesavers. “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound.”
Lizzie Cox, Editor, Sugarscape
We decided to partner with The Cybersmile Foundation not only because cyberbullying is a problem affecting many of our readers, but because Cybersmile have a unique ability to understand the teenagers and young adults of today. Through various initiatives and teaming up with relevant celebrities Cybersmile have gained credibility in the fickle world of social media, allowing them a position of influence over today’s youth. It’s been the perfect partnership for us, both staff and readers have come together to support Cybersmile and have even done fundraising together! With their incredible teen engagement and the way they have made being nice to each other cool, we are hugely excited about our future together.
Daniela Ivankovic, Croatia
We live in time when internet, social networks, TVs and cell phones took over our lives and nobody knows anymore do we control them or they are actually control us. We can get to any information very fast but information about us and our private lives are available to everybody. But when you are cyber-bullied, unlike being bullied in real life, you can block the person, delete messages, report him/her, unfriend him/her. The scars remain but it’s easier to back the bully off. It’s hard but Cybersmile is amazing site for anyone who needs help with these ‘scars’. It helped me and some of my friends too. Reading other people’s stories helps us to adopt ours. Thank you, Cybersmile, from a girl that wants to give back for the help I’ve got…
Daniela Ussa Torres, Bogota, Columbia
Frankly, I don’t think there is any foundation so committed to solve and help teenagers issues than Cybersmile. They’re not only a charity but they’re a family for those who think that being bullied is normal. Cybersmile manage the unimaginable ways to reach to every single boy or girl that suffers not only Cyber Bullying but Bullying in general, it’s all about showing them that they’re NOT ALONE, there’re people who cares and want the best. Personally, Cybersmile have helped me get stronger in every step of my life and I want others to have the same thing that I have. Don’t close your eyes in front of the opportunity to be heard. For those who aren’t a believers I must say that their eyes were closed way too early. GO CYBERSMILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rebecca Paton, Glasgow, UK
Thank you so much Cybersmile! I was getting cyber bullied by my best friend and I didn’t know what to do. But then I came on your website and I follow the steps. It worked!!!!! From Rebecca, someone who loves Cybersmile!
Nathan Tumanda, Seoul, Korea
Hello Kim Nathan here… Half korean and filipino… 13 years old! I was enduring bullying for 5 months and that days are miserable. That time… I don’t know what to do and I am very confused. I just want to commit suicide because of my miserable life… But when I have encountered Cybersmile Foundation.. I was refreshed and I am now brave. I got courage and I started to move forward. Now I am living my life without any problems. And the one who bullied me became my friend. And now I am focusing on my studies… Thanks to Cybersmile Foundation they helped me with my problems, without them maybe I committed suicide… And now, I am encouraging you that in time of trouble… Be positive and have courage to move forward #positivity
Courtney Axford-Dando, Cardiff, Wales
I am 16 years old and for 10 years of my life I was bullied severely. There was different forms of bullying that I recieved, physical, emotional, cyber-bullying you name it, it probably happened to me. I self harmed and attempted suicide several times. Due to everything that has gone on I now suffer with depression, social anxiety and trust issues. I have been seeing a counsellor for the last 5 years and I have even gone to a mental health doctor due to the mental scars it has given me. But it does get easier, speaking to someone helps a lot. I found the Cybersmile website through High School Story, which is a really good game by the way. I looked through the website and then decided I wanted to help, so I tweeted that I wanted to be a cybersmiler. I am the happiest I have ever been after speaking to someone and finding The Cybersmile Foundation!
Lara Volpe, Slovenia
So, recently I came across Danielle Peazer’s blog post about The Cybersmile Foundation and I decided to check it out. I’ve dealt with some personal issues in the past and when I saw Cybersmile is trying to get everyone involved in their foundation I was over the top. To listen to people talking about bullying and being involved in it, is something totally different and that’s one of the many reasons I want to support Cybersmile Foundation. I believe that people should be more aware of bullying because some just take it as a joke. Bullying is a serious problem and there should be more organisations worldwide. Every country should have a strong anti-bullying base. I want to thank you, Cybersmile Foundation, for helping so many people and for giving everyone a chance to help someone with their struggle.
Katie Murphy, Florida, USA
The Cybersmile Foundation is amazing. I have been online bullied before, and bullied in person. Life can be hard, and people can be mean, but you just have to pick your head up. No one deserves to be bullied and no matter who you are or what you are going through there will always be someone willing to help. I love this organization because they help people, who then help someone else and it becomes like an explosion of happiness that never stops. I want to encourage you to support this foundation and help them grow. Become a Cybersmiler and spread the love and happiness. I can proudly say that I AM A CYBERSMILER, and I am so thankful a website like this exists. I will continue to support this Foundation and inform everyone I know about the wonderful work they are doing. <3 If you are being bullied, please don’t hesitate to talk to someone. I Promise it will change your life.
Alex Ballance, Yorkshire, England
No matter how big or small your problem is. There is someone always available to help. It doesn’t have to be a counsellor even just a cybersmiler, someone is willing to help. What I love about this organisation is that people bounce from each other. One person who has gotten through such a terrible time helps another and so on. Soon it becomes a big connection of people much happier and have gained friends. I will be buying some merchandise to help support Cybersmile. After the summer holidays I will see if my school will let me run some form of a fundraising event, even just a bun sale.
Farhah Hafezjee, Wednesbury, England
I wanted to say a massive thank you to Cybersmile. I wish I had access to a charity like this when I was being bullied. This is an excellent site with tons of inspirational quotes and tons of support for people suffering with cyberbullying, bullying etc. Keep up the good work. You saved many peoples lives. Thank you so much for letting me help others and be a Cybersmiler, and always making my day no matter what. Thank you so much Cybersmile, you are wonderful people and an amazing and inspirational account.
Emma Reid, Nova Scotia, Canada
I love it when good people work hard for a good cause! I know that if we bring everyone together we would all be much happier. I was touched when I read articles on your website. I could picture Hope’s story on High School Story and was scared when she ran away. I realized it could all happen. I make sure that I always say what I mean when talking through electronics and think before I write. Thank you for all your hard work and keep it up!
Sophie Owen, Surrey, England
I just wanted to tell you how things are going since we last spoke a couple of weeks ago. Everything is going great, the bullying has stopped, and I am a much happier person, although I still have a bad day sometimes, but all teens have a bad day sometimes. Since speaking to you I have loved all your support which I really needed and I have taken all your advice and now it has turned my life round (in a good way)! I really appreciate all your help, advice and all your support, I can’t thank you enough! P.S. my job is also going great and have met so many new friends and I love everything about me and my life and I really can’t thank you enough, so thanks again!
Jenny Edge, Sussex, England
I first became aware of Cybersmile in Oct 2013. I was in a situation where my daughter of 14yrs was the victim of systematic cyber bullying that appeared to be instigated by someone at school. We didn’t know who was behind it. I was left not knowing where to turn as school were clearly out of their depth and didn’t manage the situation well at all. My daughter was left feeling vulnerable, insecure and victimised. She questioned whether she could trust any of her friends as she didn’t know who was behind what was going on. At around 10.30pm one evening I can recall feeling alone and desperately worried not knowing what to do for the best to support my daughter. I searched the internet and found a support line number and website for Cybersmile. I called them fully expecting an answerphone but I was met by a person who listened, understood and had been through a similar situation with their own child. The support and advice both she and I were given has been invaluable. It has been a rocky road and the damage to my daughter and our family has not yet healed but we are well on the way and the support of Cybersmile has been invaluable, they were there at a time when we felt completely alone and showed us that we weren’t. Thank you all so much.
Yanaira Pagan, Puerto Rico
2 years ago I was in a group on Facebook for my favorite band. One day I posted a pic of me as a look alike from one of the members, just to share it. Later that day when I came home a friend send me a message saying don’t go on the group cause they’re making fun of you, I went in anyway and what I saw was so cruel and so mean. It was so awful and they were tons of people saying those stuff. One post said ‘’thats not cool what if she sees it’’ one comment said ‘’thats the point.’’ At that point I didn’t know what to do I was so sad and broken. Then I saw Cybersmile on Twitter and the posts help me a lot and the site gave great advice and it saved me. I’m feeling better because of them, so I decided to delete the negativity in my life and deleted Facebook and went on with my life and it got better for me. I got great friend on Twitter and outside Twitter and my life has been great! God put you in this world cause you are strong enough to live it. So proud to be a CYBERSMILER FOREVER!
Jordan Lance, Ohio, USA
I wanted to send a quick message to say that I am so thankful that Cybersmile has been created and this website exists. I wish I had access to this when I was dealing with being cyberbullied. This is an excellent site with tons of inspirational quotes and tons of support for people suffering with cyberbullying. Keep up the good work, I imagine you’ve saved many peoples lives, and after viewing your materials I feel much better about myself. Thank you so much Cybersmile, you are wonderful people.
Ruby Harris, Suffolk, England
Cybersmile, if it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t have had the courage to see a counsellor about my depression, low confidence and low self-esteem. You have helped put this smile on my face. You are my heroes and I am happy to say that #IMACYBERSMILER. I really hope that others can get the help from you guys like I did because you are changing lives for the better.
Emma Boisselle, Alberta, Canada
The Cybersmile Foundation is an absolutely amazing charity! I have been bullied online before and it made me feel terrible. Unfortunately for me the foundation didn’t exist back when I was a being cyberbullied. Seeing that a charity now exists that can help makes me think how wonderful it is to be there for others who are going through the same thing. I know that if anybody is being bullied online and really struggling, they shouldn’t hesitate to contact Cybersmile.
Anna Coulter, Michigan, USA
Fat, ugly, worthless and she deserves to die. These are a few of the things that I’ve not only been told in my past online but I see them today especially on Facebook, Ask.FM and other social networking sites. Slowly I started to believe the cruel words and started to do things that I highly regret and live with today. Sadly I went in to an 8 month depression and lost hope in EVERYTHING. I felt so low and thought nobody could help or cared about me. But that quickly changed, one day I stumbled across Cybersmile. I decided to give them a shot and emailed them, instantly they replied and told me that they would help me through my rough patch. Almost immediately I felt something inside of me change, with Cybersmile’s help and support I gained hope and confidence, even though things are a little bit rough right now I know that Cybersmile will always be there. If you or somebody you know is being cyberbullied, don’t keep it in…talk to Cybersmile!
Silvia Orozco, Heredia, Costa Rica
I just wanted to say that The Cybersmile Foundation is the best charity with the best ways of bringing everybody together, this helps people who have/are being cyberbullied, self-harm, eating disorders….. When I started to feel sad, not happy with myself and was being bullied, this charity helped me, gave me advices and answered every single email I sent, they taught me to stay strong! THEY SAVED MY LIFE! Now i’m getting my life back on track and feeling better thanks to them : ) Thank you so much, I am a damn proud CYBERSMILER
Lisa Ingels, Leksand, Sweden
I’ve been bullied and it almost destroyed me. The Cybersmile Foundation on Twitter is an everyday joy for me. Not only through their positive, motivating quotes (which I couldn’t love more!), but also through making their followers say “Hey, I’m a cybersmiler! I can guide you through the darkness and back into the light”. It shows that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Help is everywhere and it doesn’t matter where it comes from. Who cares if it’s from the other side of the world if it helps? Also, it makes us help each other which is probably the most beautiful thing of all. We, the followers, become our own army. We help each other, make each other stronger and spread the word. It is said that alone is strong, that might be true. But together? Stronger. I fully support The Cybersmile Foundation in their mission and always will. If you are bullied online, please know that you are not alone. Help through Cybersmile is everywhere to be found (and it is worth finding!). Times will get better, I promise but don’t fight alone when you can have an army behind you. When you tire from being strong, we’ll be strong for you. I am a Cybersmiler. And a damn proud one. Have a great day!
Salma Elfathi, Tunis, Tunisia
Ugly, worthless, anorexic…. Some of the words my family and closest friends use to describe me. Growing up, it never got this bad until the last few months, I started to believe what they were saying, I started to lose respect for myself and hate everything I represent and a few weeks ago I was diagnosed with depression. I started thinking about putting an end to this endless torture, not all the time but when things got bad it seemed the easiest way out. Then, in June I discovered Cybersmile, I liked all the accounts and daily I would stumble into something positive you post on Facebook or Twitter and it would brighten my day and put a smile on my face. So thank you so much for that, at times that was all I needed to wipe thoses tears and walk up straight again, you helped me get through some days, and taught me to always keep my head up and know whenever darkness takes over, sometime soon the sun will rise again. Society is messed up but you are stronger than you believe, always believe in yourself so people will always believe in you. BE A CYBERSMILER.
Yasmina Souidi, Biskra, Algeria
It’s amazing once you get to know that you can get help from people all around the world that you don’t even know, they helped me SOOO much, that’s why I support Cybersmile in every possible way that I can. They have been amazing people to me and I haven’t even met them, I didn’t know that this kind of friendship exists in the world. The most amazing thing is that they are trying so hard to stop this monster called “cyberbullying” which is trying to kill and knock down most of the teens. Thank you Cybersmile for the help you have given me and everybody else you help so much. Thank you.
Cynthia Probst, Maryland, USA
I fully support everything “Cybersmile” does to help end cyberbullying. If more people don’t help and try to end cyberbullying then it will get even worse. This is why it’s essential that we help spread awareness of this great charity and how others can contribute. Cybersmile offer amazing support, not only to the ones that are being bullied but to the parents of the victims as well. I was once a victim of cyberbullying, Cybersmile does everything possible to help people affected by cyberbullying such as their helpline, website and counselling to give a few examples. If anybody I ever encounter is struggling with the pain of cyberbullying, I will suggest this programme in the hope that it will better their lives as it did mine.
Samantha Arevalo, Ontario, Canada
The Cybersmile Foundation is such a wonderful organisation. It is not only a charity, but is also a community to those who have been/are affected by cyberbullying. It is a very positive community where the bullied people can be safe and have harmless and positive interaction with those in similar circumstances and those that care a great deal. In addition, the professional team at Cybersmile and the followers of the charity called “Cybersmilers” provide those who are bullied with much helpful advice and protection and is easily accessible to anyone. It’s a safe haven!
Georgina Hill, Norwich, England
I wanted to say how incredibly amazing Cybersmile are, they are 100% dedicated to what they do, especially when interacting with victims of cyberbullying through social media. They frequently post amazing advice, and have created a very large global network of Cybersmilers on twitter who are available for a chat with anybody who is being bullied or is lonely due to being excluded. Personally I’m very lucky and haven’t ever been the victim of online bullying myself but the problem is huge and increasing very quickly. I’m very happy knowing that if I or anyone I know ever went through such a thing, we could turn to this fantastic organisation for help.
Britt Chamberlain, New Zealand
When I first found out about The Cybersmile Foundation, I was in a very dark place. I knew how it felt to be cyberbullied and feel like nobody would listen. The team at Cybersmile soon changed that. With the help of Cybersmile I learnt that I didn’t have to feel alone or lost for words, in fact, the Cybersmile team helped me find my words to help those around me in my community. The team involved with this incredible charity work so hard to support teenagers, young people and their parents, they do amazing work worldwide and because of that, nobody needs to feel alone anymore. Thank you Cybersmile, you guys have changed my life and so many others for the better.
Salina Loum, Sussex, England
The Cybersmile Foundation shows the light as cyberbullying becomes out of control and most parents like myself, do not know where to turn. Cybersmile have provided me and my family with a great deal of support and resources to help us understand cyberbullying, how to cope with it and most importantly, how to stop it. Thank you Cybersmile!
Victoria Miller, Georgia, USA
I think The Cybersmile Foundation is a brilliant cyberbullying organisation, they are doing a lot to help people with bullying online. I am so glad I found them because they play a really big role in helping lots of people around the world. They literally save lives! Amazing!
Richard Follet, Headmaster, England
As a school headmaster and Ambassador for CEOP, I am well aware of the potential for cyberbullying to take place both inside and outside of schools. The distress and long-term damage which may be caused from cyberbullying can significantly affect the lives of children and those around them, and as educators we need to do all we can to help.
The Cybersmile Foundation puts cyberbullying at the forefront of the education process, seeking to support and teach children in a positive way. I am very pleased to be able to recommend The Cybersmile Foundation for the excellent work taking place, and hope that as a result of their endeavours, many more children will be protected from the potential harm such unpleasant action may have on their childhood.
Jessica Clarke, London, England
The Cybersmile Foundation do loads of different work to help the victims of cyberbullying. One example of something they offer is a helpline. This personally helped my friend who was getting bullied online and they really helped her deal with it, so I truly recommend the helpline to anyone affected!They are always there to help you and will keep the phone call in total confidence. Moreover, they have an amazing website with lots of different subsections available, depending on what you are looking for.I often go on their website to see if they’re planning any new events that I can help out with.They offer advice and guidance to the children getting bullied online as well on the helpline but most importantly they are there for the parents. They have different sections for parents which I think is so beneficial as they can see how to deal with it and to spot if their child is getting bullied.I really feel that with the right help and support, The Cybersmile Foundation can become one of the UK’s leading charity’s and can really benefit children and families affected by cyberbullying!