In honor of #SafeInternetDay, the teen TikToking sisters teamed up with UNICEF to share their experiences with cyber-bullying. In the real and raw video, both girls opened up about being body shamed online — not just since skyrocketing to social media super stardom in the past year, but as young kids, too — for being too thin, not being thin enough, and everything in between. Dixie even bravely revealed that at one point, it got so bad that she felt like she couldn’t go on in life.
Their experiences serve as an important reminder that bringing others down is never okay, and we couldn’t be prouder of them for shining light on such a significant topic! Charli also emphasized the importance of spreading online positivity:
“I struggled a lot with body image, body dysmorphia, bad eating habits…Getting hundreds of thousands of hate comments per week is a lot to handle…You never know what someone’s going through and everyone’s beautiful in their own way, and unique, and that’s what makes everyone so special. The more positivity and empathy you put out there…it does nothing but good.”
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I've been bullied my whole life. That hasn't changed this past year. I'm sharing my story because I know many of you have one too. When you're bullied online it follows you everywhere, at school, in your home, all the places you're supposed to feel safe. It can feel as if there is nowhere to turn. Hate hurts. I have realized over the years that holding in all this hurt causes a lot more damage than reaching out to someone you trust. For me, it was Dixie and my mom and dad. No one can deal with this alone. We all need support. So when @UNICEF asked if I wanted to support #SaferInternetDay, I didn't think twice. They've answered the most popular questions about online bullying — from knowing the difference between a joke and if someone is trying to hurt you, to how to help a friend who is being trolled. We need to open up about the tough parts of growing up online. Tap on the link in my bio to learn about the support that is out there. Let's be kind and build each other up. #ENDviolence
Charli and Dixie aren’t the first only ones opening up. In case you missed it, Emma Chamberlain recently got real about how social media has negatively affected her sense of confidence.