I NEED YOUR HELP
WRITES PRINCE WILLIAM
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