On #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY, Hack Harassment encourage you to take the pledge to stand up to online abuse and hate.
Have you ever been cyberbullied? Even if you haven’t, chances are you know someone who has been impacted by online harassment. Each year, every third Friday of June is recognized as “Stop Cyberbullying Day,” a day to call on individuals, organizations, schools, governments and institutions to come together and promote safer and more inclusive online experiences.
The internet is an incredibly powerful tool that has transformed the global economy and revolutionized how millions of people around the world communicate, collaborate and express themselves. With a greater number of us spending more time online than ever before, cyberbullying has become a significant global problem, one that threatens to derail the potential of a widely connected world.
This is why we teamed up with Vox Media and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to launch Hack Harassment.
Our coalition embodies the spirit and mission of “Stop Cyberbullying Day,” bringing together individuals and organizations that care deeply about raising awareness of the real-life impact of cyberbullying.
On this day – and every day – Hack Harassment and our partners work to create a more positive and supportive online community by reducing the frequency and severity of online abuse.
Cyberbullying is wide-ranging and affects individuals across all demographics, yet it disproportionately affects women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and young people. According to the report, “Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America,” nearly 70% of young adults and 40% of adults have experienced online harassment or abuse, with roughly 37% of all American women between the ages 15 – 29 having experienced some form of digital abuse.
Online harassment can have profound repercussions for the victim. More than a third of those who have been harassed have said the experience hurt their self-esteem and nearly a third said they felt scared for their lives. Still others say their experience being cyberbullied lead to an increased risk of self-harm. That’s simply unacceptable, and we believe we can and must do better.
As we mark “Stop Cyberbullying Day” we have an opportunity to come together as a community to protect those who have fallen victim to online abuse. We have a chance to reflect on our own digital lives and how we connect and intersect with one another, and the impact our actions have. It’s a reminder of the importance of holding ourselves and others accountable for the things we say and do online.
We must work together to protect each other and create a more supportive internet where everyone feels safe and can share their voices online without fear of bullying, harassment, or abuse.
Join us in helping make the internet a more supportive environment by signing the Hack Harassment Pledge to uphold basic principles of civility online. Follow Hack Harassment on Facebook and Twitter and stay up to date with the initiative’s progress.
You can also join the “Stop Cyberbullying Day” campaign to promote online positivity, diversity, and inclusion by using the hashtag #STOPCYBERBULLYINGDAY on your social media posts.