Tech firms join forces to tackle cyberbullying
[London, UK] The Duke of Cambridge has brought together some of the biggest names in tech to tackle cyberbullying.
With the help of the Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying and the launch of a new ‘online code of conduct’ entitled Stop, Speak, Support, it is believed that a ‘safer and more supportive’ digital environment for young people will be created.
Last month, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed the Royal Foundation would invest £2m into a new start-up tasked with the development of new digital tools for mental health, the largest single grant made by the foundation in the six years since it became operational.
The new taskforce, which has now developed its action plan, includes members from Facebook and Snapchat, among others.
Along with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), they have created new tools that will be piloted among groups of young people to tackle bullying in the digital sphere.
Brent Hoberman, tech entrepreneur and chair of the taskforce, said the action plan is the ‘first step in positioning the UK as a global leader in this area’.
This year’s Anti-Bullying Week, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, runs under the tagline All Different, All Equal, aiming to offer support for children and young people and highlight the issue of bullying in our society.