Supported by Urban Outfitters, the campaign features teen influencers Amazing Arabella and Izzy Rogers to stop password sharing
The Cybersmile Foundation is launching a new awareness campaign entitled “Sharezees” to discourage teens from sharing their passwords and security PIN codes – a habit that can have devastating consequences which is being supported by Urban Outfitters.
Working with leading advertising agency adam&eveDDB, Cybersmile has developed an impactful campaign that discourages young people from sharing their passwords by driving home a fun but important message that even two-headed hats or three-legged trousers aren’t anywhere near as strange as sharing their passwords.
In the campaign, Izzie Rodgers and Cybersmile ambassador Amazing Arabella are seen modelling a limited edition collection of Urban Outfitters x Cybersmile collection that are perfect for good friends to share – but with the message: “Share anything but your password.”
Password and PIN code sharing can lead to personal accounts being accessed without permission and private information being exposed publicly – leading to blackmail, sextortion, financial fraud, reputation damage and other harmful outcomes that can affect education or employment prospects later in life. With the popularisation of social media and streaming services, password sharing has become more normalised in recent years.
“We recognise the very real instinct to want to share parts of yourself with those close to you and to mark a deepening relationship with milestones. However, once someone shares their password or PIN, their lives can be deeply affected for many years to come. We generally see people respecting the importance of password privacy more as they get older and our hope is that this campaign can help young people think about this issue sooner,” said Dan Raisbeck, Co-founder of The Cybersmile Foundation.
Approximately 800 people each year use Cybersmile’s help and support services for issues related to sharing passwords or PIN codes. Below are some of the ways young internet users can reduce the risk of password problems:
Cybersmile’s Top 5 Password Safety Tips
● 1. Never share your password with anyone even if it’s your best friend.
● 2. Create a complex password that includes a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters and at least one special character to help avoid having your account hacked.
● 3. Enable multi-factor authentication to create an extra layer of security when accessing your accounts.
● 4. Respond quickly and never ignore notifications of accounts being used on another device or even a password change request. Reset your password and ensure double factor authentication is enabled with a mobile phone for additional protection.
● 5. Get in contact with Cybersmile for any additional help and support.
With young internet users often in possession of multiple social media accounts and email addresses, password safety has never been more important. The Sharezees campaign is aiming to reach a broad audience to help change the culture around password sharing, moving it away from being acceptable or even a show of affection or friendship.
Molly Wilkof, Creative Director at adam&eveDDB, said: “With the guidance from Cybersmile and generous support of Urban Outfitters, we’ve been able to show the fun side of sharing your life while making a serious point. Many teenagers are figuring out who they are and where healthy boundaries lie – we all share intimate stuff when we get close to people, but some things are off limits and even a little weird. It’s time to raise awareness of the impact that sharing passwords can have.”
Izzie and Arabella will be hosting a meet & greet at Urban Outfitters on Oxford Circus to meet fans and educate teens on password sharing. The campaign will also be shared across the influencers, Urban Outfitter and Cybersmile’s social channels, targeting 13- to 16-year-old teenagers. Social activity is supported by a 30” cinema spot, highlighting the dangers of password sharing, launching on Friday 28th October. The cinema advertising media was secured by Bountiful Cow via Pearl and Dean. JCDecaux has donated digital out-of-home media space, with ads set to go live in January 2023. Media strategy and planning was also provided by Bountiful Cow.
The launch of the Sharezees campaign follows the success of Cybersmile and adam&eveDDB’s previous #TrollingIsUgly campaign in 2018 which won Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
CEO: Scott Freeman
Co-Founder: Dan Raisbeck
Head of Engagement: Iain Alexander
Creative Agency: adam&eveDDB
Creative Director: Molly Wilkof
Creative: Helen Balls
Creative: Jess West
Creative: Stevie Rowing-Parker
Creative Director of Design: Chris Chapman
Production Lead: Cara Swindell
Assistant Producer: Lynn Murphy
Account Director: Max Sullivan
Account Manager: Freya Schofield
Account Manager: Sophie Kruger
Senior Planner: Kit Owens
Project Manager: Andrea Kenyon
Legal: Tom Campbell
Group Managing Director: Miranda Hipwell
CSO: Martin Beverley
CCO: Richard Brim
Director and Photographer: Simon Emmet
Agency: Laird and Good Company
Agent: Biddy Marquis
Producer: Harriet Adams
Movement Director: Ethan Samuel Jacobs
Director of Photography: Candice Lo
Stylist: Candice Bailey
Hair: Paul Donovan
Make Up: Kirstin Piggott
Production Company: The Production Factory
Producer: James Gear
Production Coordinator: Eliot Brittain
Design Studio: King Henry
Studio Project Manager: Dan Sandalls
Head of CGI: Charlie Townsend
Design and Production Studio Manager: Rob Wallis
Deputy Studio Manager: Dave Callow
Senior Designer: Tomek Drozdowski
Creative Production Company: cain&abel
Executive Operations Director: Cave Ellson
Head of Productions: Brett Kelsey
Executive Producer: Carmen De Witt
Content Director: Dan Boulton
Production Assistant: Honor Northridge
Senior Producer: Alberto Boldini
Producer: Dominic Rixson
Senior Editor: Adrian Scanlon
Editor: Jason Fox
Urban Outfitters EU Design team
Media Agency: Bountiful Cow
Head of Strategy: Chetan Murthy
Senior Account Manager: Angus Barthorp
Digital Account Manager: Jessica Fallows
Head of Social Impact: Chris Dooley
Marketing Communications Executive: Rachel Citron
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