What are emoticons?

There is no difference between emoticons and emoji, they are just different names for the same thing
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Special image-based characters used to tell people secrets in code
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Specially arranged keyboard characters that represent facial expressions. These can be used to convey your emotions such as :-) for happy or :-( for sad or serious
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Emoticons, or emotional icons are created by using standard keyboard characters. They have been around since the beginning of the internet and have changed little since the early 1980s!

What are emoji?

Specially arranged keyboard messages such as :-) and :-( to convey your mood
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There is no difference between emoji and emoticons, they are just different names for the same thing
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Small keyboard images that convey how you are feeling or what you are doing
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Emoji can help you express feelings, emotions and intentions without the need to use words. Emoji can also depict everyday objects and activities such as clothing, dancing and clapping hands

What is the difference between emoticons and emoji?

They look exactly the same!
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Emoji indicate how you feel and emoticons can indicate what you are doing
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Emoji are actual images whereas emoticons are keyboard characters that you arrange to look like facial expressions
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Although they both serve a similar purpose, they look very different. Emoticons tend to be very simple and generic whereas emoji can differ in appearance depending on what operating system you use

Why is it important to understand the meaning of emoji and emoticons?

Emoji and emoticons are important for communicating secretly without other people understanding
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Understanding the meanings of emoji and emoticons are not important because it is obvious what they all mean
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So that you don’t misunderstand the true meaning of what somebody is saying online, and also so that you communicate your own feelings or activities accurately
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You could completely misunderstand someone by not recognising what they are trying to tell you through the use of emoji or emoticons

Can emoji or emoticons be used to cyberbully or harass other people?

It is impossible to bully or harass someone without typing any words
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There is no way emoji can hurt anybody’s feelings, They are just fun images
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Yes. Even a smiley face could be used in a negative way depending on the context
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Displaying emotions and feelings can also be used to intentionally upset or bully someone. It’s not only words that can wound!

Is using emoji to bully and harass people less hurtful than using words?

It is impossible to bully someone with emoji
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Yes, words hurt more than pictures
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No, it is exactly the same
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Using emoji to bully and harass people is the same as using the words that the emoji means

Can you get into trouble using emoji or emoticon to bully someone?

Of course not, they are just a bit of fun
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Only if you use a gun or knife emoji
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Yes, if the intention is to cause harm or distress you can get into trouble just the same as if you were using words to hurt someone
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You can use emoji to threaten or abuse a person just the same as using words

How can emoji cause harm if they are just fun images?

They can’t, they’re just fun pictures and images
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If you get upset it’s because you have misunderstood something
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Emoji and emoticon convey human emotions which are very powerful and can cause someone to feel good, bad, scared or sad
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Emotions and emotional responses can be very powerful and can cause us to behave or feel in positive or negative ways

What should you do if you are bullied with emoji or emoticon?

• Close down all your social media accounts
• Use a false identity online from now on
• Deal with it alone so you don’t appear to be weak
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• Fight back with lots of abuse
• Name and shame the bully on social media
• Encourage your friends to join in
• Post the bully’s personal details online
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• Do not retaliate
• Block and report the bully to the platform
• Save any evidence
• Talk to a trusted friend, adult, or family member
• Get professional help if you need support
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Never give a bully what they want – which is a reaction. Follow these steps to ensure you stay in control of the situation, get the support you need to deal with problems effectively and the confidence to move on

What should you do if you see someone else being bullied with emoji or emoticon?

• Name and shame the bully on social media
• Send the bully lots of online abuse as well as commenting on all of their posts
• Team up with the victim to find out where the bully lives and go to their home address to confront them
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• Confront the bully publicly to make the target aware that you are on their side
• Send a private message to the person targeted to let them know that you are on their side
• Direct the person targeted to the police
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• Send a private message to let them know that you are aware of what is happening and are checking to see if they are ok
• Report any bullying or abusive behaviour to the website or platform where it is taking place so that they can take action
• Direct them to Cybersmile for support
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Reaching out privately to reassure someone can make all the difference, especially if they are struggling with a situation. Reporting will help the platform to identify the behaviour and also alert the platform of a user that may need support. If you are not sure, simply point them to Cybersmile
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