As for social media, Prince Harry looks to the future with concern. He wants to protect his two children from “hate” on the Internet.
Prince Harry (37) spoke about the impact of social media on children as part of the “Global Child Online Safety Toolkit” webinar. How seriously he takes his role as a father was once again expressed. Because Harry also wants to protect his two children Archie (3) and Lili (eleven months), who he has with Duchess Meghan (40), from the “hate and harm” of the online world.
“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 companies to make money and where things like hate and harm are somehow normalized.” Harry quoted from People magazine. Instead, it is important to him and Meghan “that our children and all other children feel empowered to express their opinions”.
Archie and Lili are still in the “age of innocence,” according to Prince Harry. He often feels he can “save them forever from the online harm they may face in the future.” But Harry is learning to “know better”.
“No child should have to experience that”
From the 37-year-old’s point of view, social media doesn’t work and needs to be “repaired”. It draws us into feelings of fear and anger, keeps us “scrolling” and makes us “numb to the world around us,” says Harry. “I’m not an expert in law and technology, but I am a father – and I’m lucky enough to be a father with a platform.”
Archie and Lili are still too young to have experienced the online world, but Harry hopes “that they never have to experience it as it exists now, no child should have to.”