Abused Emojis

Helping kids and youngsters talk about difficult situations



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Mattias AlfborgerMaker@malfborger · Interactive Art Director, Garbergs
We believe that some things are hard to spell out in words. When children and teenagers are happy and cheering there are a lot of choices – but when they want to express sadness and more complex experiences there are a limited amount of emojis. That’s why we created Abused Emojis. To put light on some of the issues that kids face today, to reflect reality on a broader level than joyful, dancing emojis. We hope that Abused Emojis will make it easier for kids to talk to others about sad feelings and situations where they have been treated wrong. Abused Emojis is developed for BRIS, which is a Swedish non-profit organisation that runs a national helpline for children and teenagers. Many of the problems that kids face today are stigmatised and often they have no one else to talk to. This product is one of their many work to let children talk more freely about their situation.
Mu@magicmuhan · Developer
In the United States, the written communication skills of children has been pretty rapidly declining over the last few years. In that vein, I think tools like this that allow kids to use newer modes of communication than the traditional written word are invaluable. Although this is developed for BRIS, I would love to see some adoption / discussion of this really amazing product in the US. Thanks for sharing!
Mattias AlfborgerMaker@malfborger · Interactive Art Director, Garbergs
Totally agree @magicmuhan. We believe there’s a big dilemma since young people use super short forms of communication, through images and emojis and only got access to a limited amount of sad, distressed emojis or any symbols of dissatisfaction. We believe that interfaces and social media somewhat pushes us towards communicating success rather than reality which hides what for many is real life; depression, abuse, sickness and sadness. This results in an ignorance to the fact that’s it’s a part of the human life and stigmatises it as abnormal. We certainly hope this is a little step in the right direction of bringing it back as socially accepted emotions
Violeta Nedkova@violetanedkova · Creative Rebel Coach
Hmm, dark, but perhaps necessary.
Ross Rojek@sacbookreviewer · CTO, GoLocalApps.com, Apptoolkit.io
@v4violetta I'd say less dark and more sad that its even necessary. But tech may be able to help in situations that can't be dealt with in other ways.
Take This Out@takethisout · @KeepNone
Do both people need to have the app to view the emoji?
Mattias AlfborgerMaker@malfborger · Interactive Art Director, Garbergs
Nope only one of them needs the app, the emoji will be sent as an image. @takethisout
Take This Out@takethisout · @KeepNone
@malfborger Got it thanks! Great work!
Raul Riera@raulriera · I make things
Interesting concept, but why would you ask for full permissions to use this keyboard?
Mattias AlfborgerMaker@malfborger · Interactive Art Director, Garbergs
That's only because the image need to be able to be inserted in your clipboard, so you then can paste it. That's actually the only reason, no other info is collected: http://abusedemojis.com/privacy @raulriera