Prince Williams Plea Against Cyberbullying in Teens

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Flickr Photo By: The British Monarchy

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, recently released a statement about cyberbullying in teens at the Founders Forum, a technology conference that took place last week. As a father of two, he urged the audience full of chairmen of Google and Twitter, to address the issues of cyberbullying in teens. He spoke about the importance of leading technology companies like Facebook, Twitter, and others working together with the Royal Foundation Cyberbullying Task Force to stand against cyberbullying in teens.

The Royal Family’s Campaign for Teens Health

Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Kate are attempting to tackle cyberbullying in teens as part of a wide ranging mental health campaign. In their campaign they have brought up a point that many don’t pay attention to the balance between teens mental and physical health. One form of health cannot be healthy without the other, they’re integrated into one another. This means that youth and teen mental health needs to be prioritized just as much as physical health is at home, at school, and anywhere else.

Online Etiquette

Online cyberbullying in teens is a huge component of teen’s overall mental health. He applauds the opportunities technology has provided but cautioned against the risks of social media and its effects on young people who are not mature enough to handle it.
“From the girls developing eating disorders after being subjected to a campaign of abuse on social media, to the teenage boys who took their lives following constant targeting – as a parent myself, I was appalled.”
Prince William also spoke about the limited online safety there is for youth due to a lack of education on cyberbullying in teens:
“Clients and young people use the internet more than almost any of us, but are too young, inexperienced or lacking in the maturity of adults to make the right judgements about what is and what is not safe…To school-age children today, there is no difference between their online and offline lives. Bullying is bullying, wherever it happens.”
For all parents, it’s time to stand with the royal family and stop cyberbullying in teens. If we remain silent about youth’s current inappropriate behaviors online, all kids are at risk of experiencing cyberbullying. Educate your kids on online safety, cyberbullying, and support.

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