In April of this year, the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) announced that he was launching a new initiative to tackle the problem of cyberbullying. The initiative consists in the creation of a taskforce that would look into a common solution that could be applied across the board on different social media platforms to deal with the problem of cyberbullying. The name of the taskforce is The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying and it will be supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (http://royalfoundation.com/duke-cambridge-launches-cyberbullying-taskforce/).
Prince William, as a new father, feels very strongly about cyberbullying. It is indeed estimated that over 35% of 11-17 year olds have experienced some form of cyberbullying and that over 40% of children this age have witnessed some form of cyberbullying in their social circle. The Duke of Cambridge recognizes that the internet, despite the problem of cyberbullying, is an incredibly positive force in our lives which provides information, education and connection with people around the world. He also recognizes that the internet, and especially social media platforms, have brought to light the problem of bullying that occurs on and off line.
The taskforce will be chaired by British entrepreneur Brent Hoberman CBE and will develop a new, positive strategy to combat bullying through education, support and help for children and families. The full membership of the taskforce has not been announced yet but it will comprise leading figures from technology companies and internet service providers, as well as young people aged 11-15, to ensure that the taskforce remains engaged in current online trends.
British entrepreneur Brent Hoberman CBE
Prince William recently talked about The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying at the Founders Forum in London (https://ff.co/#/), which brings together the best and brightest digital entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors. In addition to presenting his plan, Prince William asked for help and ideas on the task force. Read Prince William’s speech here: https://www.royal.uk/speech-duke-cambridge-founders-forum-2016
Cyberbullying has been shown to cause detrimental effects on mental health in children and young adults. Prince William’s wife the Duchess of Cambridge has been a champion on mental health with a focus on lifting the stigma associated with it. Thus, it is no surprise that Prince William has chosen to support the victims of cyberbullying.