Bullying and cyberbullying are a huge problem for many teens today. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce you to Lauren and Victoria Coaxum, Christian teen sisters who have started an anti-cyberbullying and positive self-esteem campaign, Think Before You Type! TBYT was created to raise awareness about cyberbullying and to inspire other teens to use the internet for good. The campaign is social media, blog and YouTube based, covering many of the sites that teens use everyday.
This summer they’re holding a contest through their blog and YouTube channel, and wanted to invite PI girls to join in! Every Sunday they post a video that challenges viewers to do something that will have a positive impact on those around them. They call them their TBYT Dares of the week. In an effort to build off of this, they started something new called TBYT Summer Dares which will be replacing the weekly dares over the summer.
Check out their video introduction to it:
Their goal is to get young people involved in having a positive impact on their communities this summer, and they need help spreading the word!
Check out our Q&A with the girls below:
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
Lauren is 17, and Victoria is 16.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
We are from Douglassville, PA.
TELL US THE STORY OF TBYT: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CAMPAIGN? WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE IT?
We were up late one night last summer talking about the cyberbullying that we had both seen on Twitter. That’s when we decided that we wanted to do something about it. We didn’t want to wait for someone else to take action when we could take on the challenge ourselves. We made our Twitter account that night, and thus Think Before You Type was born. Since that night, we’ve been working hard to make a change!
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT PUTTING YOUR FIRST SERIES OF SUNDAY VIDEOS TOGETHER?
The Dares were an idea that we both contributed to. We went outside in the snow with a camera one day and filmed a short video. We’ve been making them ever since!
HOW HAS THE RESPONSE TO THE CAMPAIGN BEEN?
It’s been tough to spread the word, but a lot of people have been really excited about what we’re doing. Every little bit of support is so crucial in getting our message out.
WHAT DO YOU WANT VIEWERS TO GET OUT OF YOUR DARES/WHAT’S THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE CAMPAIGN?
We want the viewers of our Dares to realize that a little bit of kindness can go a very long way. It doesn’t take a lot to have a positive impact on others. The ultimate goal of TBYT is to spread a message of hope. We want to raise awareness about cyberbullying, promote positive self-esteem, and encourage other young people to use the internet for good.
HOW DOES BEING A CHRISTIAN TEEN AFFECT WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO WITH TBYT?
Being a Christian changes everything about our perspective on what we do. We know that Jesus is the answer to all of the world’s problem. So many principals from the Bible can be applied to cyberbullying and bullying on a whole. The Bible is very clear on how we are to treat others, and it often mentions the power of the tongue and words. This is what drives us.
Girls, what do you think of this campaign? Have you ever been involved in something similar? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!