To mark Anti Bullying Week, Kate Middleton and Prince William visited the BBC to view the work the broadcaster is doing as a key member of The Duke’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying. The royals met parents and children who have been helping guide the latest tech developments help young people online.
The Taskforce supports young people and their families affected by cyberbullying and it is focused on children age 11 to 16 year olds. William brought together tech and media giants, children’s charities and parents, to work and to try and find a way forward. Taskforce members include: The Anti-Bullying Alliance, Apple, BT, The Diana Award, EE, Facebook, Google, Internet Matters, Music.ly, NSPCC, O2, Sky, Snapchat, Supercell, TalkTalk, Three, Twitter, Vodafone and Virgin Media.
During their visit the royal couple opened up about the parenting challenges that they are currently facing. “We still haven’t worked out what the right balance is for online time,” William said.
“It’s quite difficult, it’s still a very fluid dynamic. We’re going to have that discussion with our family, how on earth are we going to police and have family time when the phones are all put down and you’re offline?”
“Because we’re all so connected now that we’ve got to say for instance, ‘right, we’re eating now.'”
William also addressed how other parents are dealing with this issue: “This generation are going to be the first generation to grow up fully immersed in mobile phones, social media, lots of stuff. And yet our generation, the older generation, the parent generation, we’re completely left at, ‘how do we deal this this? Where do we go to? Where do you learn about how to look after your children’s digital world?'”
The Duke admitted that social media platforms had “done more to connect the world than has ever been achieved in human history”. But he added: “I am worried, though, that our technology companies still have a great deal to learn about the responsibilities that come with their significant power.