Prince William calls for protection of young people online

By George Johnson October 02, 2022
Prince William calls for protection of young people online 

Now heir Prince William shared a personal tweet highlighting how social media played a part in 14-year-old teenager Molly Russell's death back in 2017. 

Ian Russell, the father of Molly , has called for changes at the highest level, asking social media sites to prioritize safety for children, the BBC reported.

From the Prince and Princess of Wales official account, William wrote, "No parent should ever have to endure what Ian Russell and his family have been through." 

 "They have been so incredibly brave. Online safety for our children and young people needs to be a prerequisite, not an afterthought. W"

An official inquest led by Coroner Andrew Walker stated that Russell's daughter died from an act of self-harm. 

"It is likely that the above material viewed by Molly, already suffering with a depressive illness and vulnerable due to her age, affected her mental health in a negative way and contributed to her death in a more than minimal way." 

The 40-year old William has tried to reach out to the family of the bereaved in 2019 with the aim to offer sympathy and show support. 

Cyberbullying is something royals have been concerned about for several years now.