November 15, 2018 | by: billgulliver

Royal’s Continue to Fight Cyberbullying

Prince William & Kate Middleton are continuing their efforts to combat cyberbullying in the U.K, while the Duke of Cambridge has condemned tech leaders of being on the “back foot” when it comes to issues such as fake news, extremism and hate speech.

On Thursday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the offices of the BBC in London to view the work the network is doing as a member of his Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, which he launched in 2016.

https://people.com/royals/kate-middleton-prince-william-combat-cyberbullying/

In a statement Thursday Prince William said, “The new ways we have to access news from across the world are also allowing misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere,” adding, “and the apps we use to make new friends can also allow bullies to follow their targets even after they have left the classroom or the playing field.”

William and Kate also met young people who wrote and performed a new video for the Stop, Speak, Support campaign, which is being introduced in schools and provides guidance for children on what to do when they see bullying online. William also met bereaved parents of bullied children who had taken their own lives. Obviously with young children of their own, this cause is of grave concern.

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Cyberbulling is bullying that takes place over social media through digital devices like cell phone, computers and tablets. It includes sending text msgs, and other social media messages over multiple platforms, sharing negative, harmful, false anmd other malicious content about someone else. The Statistics on cyberbulling are staggering…

  • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
  • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
  • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
  • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

Any cause is heightened in its awareness when the Royal Family takes an interest. Thank you to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge for helping to elevate its importance.