In a recent statement released about cyberbullying in teens, Prince William urged an audience composed of Google and Twitter chairmen to address the rising issues of cyberbullying in teens and youth. He emphasized the power leading technology companies like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others have in standing against cyberbullying in teens.
A royal campaign for teen mental health
Some of the royal family–Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Kate–banded together recently to try and beat back cyberbullying in teens with a campaign designed to target mental health. They’ve brought up many points, including the misplaced wall put between teen mental health and teen physical health. Mental and physical health are intertwined, one cannot thrive without the other. They’ve used this as a call to action to pay more attention to and prioritize mental health as much as physical health.
Cyberbullying in teens can have huge impact
“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, Duke of Cambridge
Cyberbullying in teens can be as harmful as traditional bullying because it has the power to reach your child at any point in the day or night. Prince William made clear that he recognizes the benefits technology has to offer, but that we all need to be more aware and careful when it comes to how teens treat one another online.
He also discussed the fact that young people and children utilize the internet more than any of us, but lack the maturity and experience to maneuver and make the right judgements when it comes to what’s safe and what’s not on the internet.
The Royals have made a great point: it’s time to stand up against cyberbullying in teens, just as we try to do with traditional bullying. If we ignore this issue, it just puts more children at risk of developing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental health issues.
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