The Duke of Cambridge has launched a task force to “innovate, collaborate and educate” people on the dangers of cyberbullying
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 16, 2017
The Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying has been working on ways to create a safer space for young people online. Spearheading a combative initiative against online abuse with the support of a taskforce made up of major tech firms and charities, the Duke said the code – the first of its kind globally – urges young people to “stop, speak, support”.
On Thursday at the YouTube Space, London, William acknowledged the “sense of loss and anger of those particular families who have lost children” after they were targeted in campaigns of harassment.
The Duke continued to outline the strategy of the taskforce: “There are four major planks to our plan. First, the technology company members of the taskforce have agreed to adopt new guidelines to approve the process for reporting bullying online. And to create clearer consequences for those who behave unacceptably.
“Secondly, the taskforce is launching today a new national campaign to educate on how to behave with respect and kindness online. The campaign is being driven by the powerful reach of the industry members of the taskforce.”
As a result of online bullying, NSPCC will be providing emotional support to children as part of a piloted programme on Facebook and Snapchat, with a commitment from the companies and charities working on the taskforce to provide advice to parents.