Put a smile on someone’s face this Emoji Day 😀

World Emoji Day is on Friday 17 July. And while it might sound silly, it gives us a chance to talk with our teens about how we communicate with each other. For example:

  1. Understand the emojis your kids use. Ask them to talk you through their favourites or play emoji specific games. Act out an emoji for people to guess with ‘emoji charades’ or play ‘emoji Pictionary’, where you use emojis to spell out the name of a movie, song, or book. Visit Emoji Guide for fun and interesting emoji resources, activities and insights.
  2. Encourage positive bystander action. Some teens are reluctant to become involved when they see someone being bullied online. If your teen feels this way, ask how they would feel about sending someone a friendly, encouraging emoji instead. For example, the Jo Cox Foundation and Vodafone encourage teens to use anti-bullying emojis which symbolise things like ‘be strong’, ‘sending support’ or ‘that won’t do’.
  3. Remind your kids to pause and think. It’s easy to misunderstand someone online, and emojis that are fine in one context can be inappropriate elsewhere. When in doubt, encourage your kids to ask a trusted adult for advice.

There are many and varied emoji options available these days, and each one can tell a different story. A single emoji can be the difference between putting a smile on someone’s face, making them laugh, or leaving them feeling unhappy or sad.