Grotesque real-life emoticons could save your child's life

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Real-life emoticons by innocenceendanger.org
Real-life emoticons by innocenceendanger.org
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Emoticons are cute, innocent graphics that internet users have come to love (or hate).

Teens use emoticons (or emojis) online in chatrooms, on Facebook chat or on their mobiles via chat apps like Mxit and Whatsapp. The emoticons are a form of expression. They express emotion and are a fun way to communicate. Because nothing describes just how hilarious that YouTube video was than a crying-laughing emoji.

A new campaign by Innocence en Danger, an international non-profit organization, is taking emoticons to a whole, rather creepy, new level.

The campaign has taken these well-known emoticons and turned them into real people who could be targeting your child online. Their tagline is 'Who's really chatting online to your child?' The goal is to bring together internet users, lawyers, politicians and anyone else who wishes to stand together and make a difference. 

The real push behind the campaign is to protect our children. Protect them from online predators and groomers and protect them from being harmed.

Real-life emoticons by innocenceendanger.org
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Real-life emoticons by innocenceendanger.org
facebook.com/Rosapark

Real-life emoticons by innocenceendanger.org
facebook.com/Rosapark

The real-life emoticons may be creepy but they're supposed to get parents to take a closer look at who is interacting their children online. Are the innocent friends really that innocent or are they potentially targeting your child?

Child trafficking, abuse, kidnapping - these can all be terrifying consequences of unsupervised internet use. It just takes one "innocent" meet up to change your child's life forever.

Learn how to spot predators and keep your child safe:
Is your teen internet safety savvy?
Fighting online child trafficking
Keep your child safe online

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