4th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is on June 26th, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards

These Parrots Will Make You Say WTF

Winner in Organic Promotion

About this entry

A study commissioned by UNICEF uncovered that 1 in 4 children are exposed to violence in the home. Floored by this staggering fact, we set out to raise awareness, teach people to recognize the signs and encourage behavior change with our 2017 "End Violence Against Children" campaign.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

A simple idea: if a parrot can remember what happens in an abusive home, imagine a child.

Studies show parrots have intelligence levels on par with children; they not only to mimic what they see and hear, but actually comprehend the context behind those words and actions.

A plethora of videos exist online showing parrots swearing, expressing fear and repeating violent phrases. We directly leveraged those videos to create "Cursing Parrots" - the core awareness-driving tool to launch our campaign.


A Tremendous Campaign Launch

Within the first 48 hours…


The video was organically seeded on UNICEF's social channels. Due to profanity, some outlets didn't want to hyperlink the video content, simply leveraging frame grabs instead. We were also limited to organic vs. paid social postings.

Despite these restrictions, the "Cursing Parrots" video enjoyed tremendous success during launch week

In the end… many people were reminded of how impressionable young minds can be, taught to recognize the signs and encouraged to speak up.

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About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Shorty Social good awards early deadline is on june 26, 2019.