Earlier today, the second-in-line to the throne announced the first ever online code of conduct in regards to cyberbullying at YouTube’s London offices.
The initiative called “Stop, Speak, Support” provides “simple steps for children and teenagers who witness cyberbullying to follow” should they feel threatened or concerned.
The Royal Foundation, started by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, recently applied for their first trademarked hashtag under the same name- #StopSpeakSupport.
As only a member of the Royal Family could, Prince William has brought together tech giants like Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google to join the task force in stopping cyberbullying. Others on the task force include children, parents and members of youth charities.
Speaking at the event, Prince William said: “As a parent myself, I understand the sense of loss and anger of those particular families who have lost children after they were the targets of campaigns of harassment,
“I feel a responsibility to do what I can to help.”
Another part of the online code of conduct is a website where youth can visit if they need support. Children can access the site which teaches them to speak out if they see online bullying to an adult. It also highlights supporting the victim of the abuse.
Kensington Palace released a video yesterday in preparation for the announcement today which featured the Duke of Cambridge speaking to a mother who lost her son to bullying and Chloe, who was cyberbullied when she was 13.
Chloe said: “I started to self-harm as a way to cope, to make me feel better, and then I decided that I couldn’t take this anymore and I tried to end my life.”
Encouraging both of the women, Prince William said: “I only wish that neither of you had gone through what you’ve gone through.
“I think it is worth reminding everyone what the human tragedy of what we are talking about here,
“It isn’t just about companies and about online stuff. It’s actually real lives that get affected.”
For those interested in the code of conduct or that are in need of support, the website can be accessed here.