His Royal Highness invited Lucy Alexander and Chloe Hine to Kensington Palace to hear more about how cyberbullying has affected their lives, and to thank them for their contributions to the Royal Foundation’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying.
Shortly after the birth of his son, The Duke of Cambridge learned of a young boy who had killed himself following a vicious campaign of online bullying. As he looked into the issue further it was soon clear there were many similar stories from the UK and around the world.
Last year Lucy wrote movingly about the loss of her son, Felix, who took his own life. She began her own campaign to raise awareness of the issues, to ensure no other parents would suffer the heartbreak of losing a child to online bullies. The Duke read Lucy’s story and asked her to be one of the parents to help the Taskforce better understand the impact of cyberbullying.
Chloe was a member of the Taskforce Youth Panel. At the age of 13, she attempted to take her own life after being attacked online. While writing a suicide note about how she felt, she found comfort in the ability to explain in writing what she had been unable to say in person. She decided that her life was worth fighting for and continued to write down her feelings. She eventually turned these words into music and then used song writing as a therapy to make herself feel better.
Inspired by stories like these, His Royal Highness brought together some of the world’s most recognisable names in media and tech, as well as children’s charities and parents, to work alongside the panel of young people to find ways to tackle cyberbullying.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge is set to unveil the results of the Taskforce. Chaired by tech entrepreneur Brent Hoberman CBE, the Taskforce members include: The Anti-Bullying Alliance; Apple; BT; The Diana Award; EE; Facebook; Google; Internet Matters; NSPCC; O2; Sky; Snapchat; Supercell; TalkTalk; Twitter; Vodafone and Virgin Media.