I NEED YOUR HELP

WRITES PRINCE WIL­LIAM

First News - - Front Page - by Prince Wil­liam www.stop­s­peak­sup­port.com

THE im­pact of on­line bul­ly­ing can be dev­as­tat­ing.

Too many young peo­ple face nasty com­ments on­line, and many of them don’t feel strong enough to speak out or seek sup­port. This is why I have launched a new cam­paign to build a safer and hap­pier internet for all young peo­ple, and I need your help to put it into prac­tice. I be­gan work on the is­sue of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing a few years ago. As I ex­plored it in more de­tail I felt a grow­ing sense of alarm. I came to re­alise that bul­ly­ing, an age-old prob­lem, was be­ing su­per­charged by the power of so­cial me­dia. So­cial me­dia can help you make friends and ex­plore the world, but it also al­lows bul­lies to fol­low their tar­gets home. First News read­ers are tech-savvy and hope­ful about the fu­ture

– but you also have to cope with an on­line world with no rules and no guid­ance. This is where our cam­paign steps in.

A bril­liant group of young peo­ple helped de­sign the first ever na­tional code of con­duct for be­ing on­line, which we’ve called: ‘Stop, Speak, Sup­port’. I hope you will start to use this when­ever you see bul­ly­ing on­line.

We have worked with the so­cial me­dia firms, gam­ing com­pa­nies, internet providers and me­dia com­pa­nies to make sure as many peo­ple see and hear it as pos­si­ble.

Also, for the first time ever, we are go­ing to be able to trial a new sys­tem with Facebook and Snapchat, who will work with ChildLine and the NSPCC to pro­vide sup­port to chil­dren.

Our work is not yet com­plete, and I hope the so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies will lis­ten to chil­dren like you and re­alise more must be done.

I am proud that lis­ten­ing to chil­dren and par­ents has been at the heart of our work. It has been your ad­vice that has led us to this am­bi­tious plan of ac­tion, and I hope we can make more peo­ple aware of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing – and give more peo­ple con­fi­dence to talk about it and get help.

I am al­ways amazed by the savvi­ness and cre­ativ­ity of your gen­er­a­tion. I am ex­cited about the world you are go­ing to cre­ate and then lead in decades to come. Find out more at

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