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Prince Harry launches ‘online safety toolkit’ for kids

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ‘concerned’ that young people are using social media and being treated as ‘digital experiments’ where ‘hate and evil are normalised’.

The Duke of Sussex, who currently lives in his $14million California mansion after stepping back from royal duties last year, spoke during a webinar hosted by the youth charity 5Rights Foundation to launch an ‘online safety toolkit’ for children.

The event was called Making Child Online Safety Happen and saw Prince Harry speak to young people around the world to discuss what it takes to make child online safety a reality.

He spoke of his “two little ones”, Archie, Lilibet, three and 11 months old, and his desire to protect them from the online world, while calling for urgent reform to protect young people.

Speaking at the webinar this evening, the Duke said: ‘As parents, my wife and I are concerned that the next generation will grow up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for businesses to gain money and where things like hate and evil are kind of normalized.

“We want our children and all children to feel empowered to express themselves.

“My two little ones are still at their age of innocence. Sometimes I feel like I can keep them out of the online harm they might face in the future forever, but I’m getting to know that better.

Meghan previously claimed she left her social media accounts for her own preservation – and said the ‘bad voices’ online were ‘so strong and damaging’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ‘concerned’ that young people are using social media and being treated as ‘digital experiments’ where ‘hate and evil are normalised’. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Archie, Lilibet, three and 11 months old

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The event was called Making Child Online Safety Happen and saw Harry speak to young people around the world to discuss what is needed to make child online safety a reality.

Harry added: “Wherever you are and wherever you listen from, I predict that your family, like mine, understands that the way we experience technology and social media is not working and needs to be fixed.

“I’m not a legal or tech expert, but I’m a dad — and I’m lucky to be a dad with a platform.

“My children are too young to have experienced the online world yet and I hope they never have to experience it as it currently exists.” No child should have to.

“It’s easy to say that the business model of the internet and social media is broken, but it’s not. The business model of the internet is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do, attract us, make us scroll, make us angry or worry – or make us numb to the world around us.

“Social media brings in unimaginable money from our time, attention and information.”

The event also brought together speakers from the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union.

It is unclear what fee, if any, the Duke received for his appearance.

The Duke continued: “Technology will continue to shape our entire future, which is why we should rewrite the rules of engagement when it comes to how we design and experience it. We need new laws, public pressure, and we need continued research into what some of the biggest companies in the world are hiding behind closed doors.

The 5Rights Foundation announced the presence of a

The 5Rights Foundation announced the presence of a “special guest” during the follow-up to the webinar last week

“We are at a critical moment, where it will take all of us working together to listen and respond to ensure that every child can grow in the digital age that allows them to thrive.

Young people tell him that the online world hurts them. The parents I talk to tell me they are terrified of losing their children to suicide.

Pundits could earn over £1million every time they give a speech after signing up with an elite agency.

The 5Rights Foundation described the toolkit as a “roadmap for policymakers and practitioners building a digital world that supports children and enables them to thrive, online and beyond.”

News of the webinar was first reported by 5Rights last week.

The charity said in a tweet: ‘We are delighted to have Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex joining us at the launch of the Children’s Online Safety Toolkit on May 16 to discuss how how we can make the online world safer and kinder, especially for children.’

Prince Harry today helped launch an 'online safety toolkit' for children.  The Duke of Sussex, who currently lives in his $14million California mansion after stepping back from royal duties last year, spoke during a webinar hosted by the youth charity 5Rights Foundation

Prince Harry today helped launch an ‘online safety toolkit’ for children. The Duke of Sussex, who currently lives in his $14million California mansion after stepping back from royal duties last year, spoke during a webinar hosted by the youth charity 5Rights Foundation

5Rights Foundation is a UK charity founded by Baroness Beeban Kidron, to help children and young people participate in the digital world “creatively, knowingly and without fear”.

This is far from the first time the Duke has voiced his concerns about the digital world.

Last year, Prince Harry was one of 15 commissioners and three co-chairs who conducted a six-month study into the digital “avalanche of disinformation” for the Washington DC-based Aspen Institute.

The report called for ‘increasing social media transparency and disclosure’, a ‘new proposal regarding the immunity of social media platforms’ and ‘ideas to reverse the collapse of local journalism and the erosion of media of confidence”.

Other “solutions” proposed in the report include promoting “community-led methods to improve civic dialogue and resist information power imbalances”; and “the responsibility of the ‘superspreaders’ of online lies”.

The Duke and Duchess joined the New York-based Harry Walker Agency, which represents the Obamas and Clintons, last year.

The Duke and Duchess joined the New York-based Harry Walker Agency, which represents the Obamas and Clintons, last year.

The London-based foundation shared a tweet announcing the news online last week, saying it hoped to get the world online

The London-based foundation shared a tweet announcing the news online last week, saying it hoped to make the online world “safer and kinder” for children.

The Duke’s efforts to tackle fake news may raise eyebrows in some quarters, given that he and his wife Meghan Markle have been accused of making various questionable statements during their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year .

Meanwhile, he claimed in an online panel called ‘The Internet Lie Machine’ that he and his wife had been targeted by online trolls, even though they did not have individual social media accounts.

He said: “I’m not on social media, we’re not on social media, and until things change it will stay the same.”

He said social media sites should take responsibility and not spread “hate and lies” after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed a series of documents alleging the tech giant placed profit above- above user safety.

The Duke and Duchess joined the New York-based Harry Walker Agency, which represents the Obamas and Clintons, last year.

PR expert Mark Borkowski told The Sun that the pair are “cleaning up”. They plan to be available for discussions on social issues such as racial justice, gender equality, the environment and mental health, according to the LA Times.

“I’m surprised they haven’t done this sooner. This will be one of the big revenue generators for them. The speaker circuit is a natural safe space that they can raid,” he said. -he adds.