Animations addressing cyberbullying, freedom of expression and self exposure
The internet has made it easy for bullies to spread rumors and harass people, because they can keep their identities hidden. If you are receiving hurtful texts from someone, or if they are trying to embarrass you by posting lies online, you're not alone. This is a growing problem worldwide and you need to get help. Some sites and social networks allow you to block or report a person, but sometimes that isn't enough. You need to speak to someone you trust -- your parents, an older sibling or a counselor at school who will support you and help you take the right course of action.
How did Lilly solve her cyberbullying problems? Watch her story.
Freedom of expression
Are there issues in your community that you think need urgent attention? Do you want to tell people about an important cause but pamphlets aren't working? Social media and the internet might be the answer for you. You can use sites like Twitter of Facebook to bring your issue to the attention of community organisations, media and even decision makers. You can start a blog and write about your community or you can make a video and share it with the world by posting on Youtube. Or join UNICEF's Voices of Youth which offers inspiring, original insight and opinion from across the globe – from young people, for young people..
Watch as Annie and Sipho tap into technology to make their voices heard.
Photos and videos can spread like wildfire through mobile or social networks, so be careful what you share, even with people you trust. There are countless stories out there of kids who have been expelled from school or varsity or people have lost their jobs, because a photo or video intended for the eyes of one person made its way online. And it can be as serious as getting a criminal record - if you send nude or sexually explicit photos or videos to your girlfriend or boyfriend and you're under the age of 18, you could be charged with the production of pornography.
See what happened when Milli's pics got out in this animated video.