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Fast Company: Grotesque Emoji to scare kids from online chats with strangers

“Predators will sometimes pose as children in order to build up a trustful relationship with their targets,” says Jamie Standen, a Rosapark creative director. “Posing as a child requires adopting their language and emoji are a major element of that. We want parents and children to stop and think: those are some funny, friendly emoji in my chatbox, but what if they disguise a disturbing reality?”

The series of includes bulging eyes, big smiles, fat tongues, and exaggerated tears and hearts. The 3-D images were built by Parisian shop Mécanique Générale. You can zoom in super close on the company’s site–right up to the stubble and veins–if you can stomach it.

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