I Am A Witness
90 percent of teens ages 12-17 who have witnessed some form of online cruelty say they have ignored mean behavior on social media, and more than a third (35 percent) have done this frequently (Pew Research Center's Internet& American Life Project).
Research has shown that the bystander can play a pivotal role in stopping bullying. In a groundbreaking effort to empower teens to speak up when they see bullying, the Ad Council and an unprecedented coalition of media, corporate and non-profit partners are launching the I Am A Witness campaign. Developed pro bono by ad agency Goodby Silverstein &Partners, and including social influencer content, the campaign aims to stop bullying by activating the "silent majority" of kids who witness it each day transform them from passive bystanders into a united, empowered and active collective that will speak up against bullying.
The heart of this campaign is the Witness Emoji. Shaped like a speech bubble with an eye in the center, the Emoji enables teens to take a stand against bullying and show support for someone who is being bullied by posting it online or through a text message. The Emoji is available via a free downloadable keyboard available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, which has a variety of Emoji, GIFs, stickers and messages for teens to use when they experience bullying. They can post the Witness Emoji when they see hurtful comments, or send GIFs and stickers to show support for someone in need. Teens can also access the emoji on iPhone through the latest iOS 9.1 update. All assets drive to the campaign website IWitnessBullying.org where teens can learn how to get and use the emoji, send and create other messages of kindness and get additional resources to help stop bullying.