Royal couple advocates for protecting children from online harms
In a passionate plea for online safety, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have called for urgent action to protect children from the dangers of social media. The couple released a video on their Archewell site, following a hearing by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on online safety for children. During the hearing, Big Tech founders, including Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, addressed the issue of child sexual exploitation on social media.
Advocating for change
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle applauded the efforts of parents who advocated for the Senate hearing, acknowledging the bravery and determination of those whose children have suffered or died due to online harms. The couple emphasized that this is an issue that transcends division and party lines and called for necessary change at the source to ensure the safety of children.
Powerful quote resonates
Quoting a father whose child was negatively impacted by social media, the couple highlighted the urgent need for action. “If love could have saved them, all of our children would still be here,” the quote read. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stressed that now is not the time to pass the responsibility to others but to take necessary action to protect children.
Controversy follows public appearance
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s campaign for online safety comes shortly after their public appearance at the premiere of “Bob Marley: One Love,” which sparked controversy. During the event, the couple was pictured with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who had previously expressed unresolved issues between Jamaica and the monarchy. Holness has stated Jamaica’s intention to become fully independent and sever ties with the monarchy, following in the footsteps of Barbados.
British colonial history
With a history of British colonial rule lasting over 300 years, Jamaica gained independence in 1962 but remained part of the British Commonwealth. The move towards independence reflects Jamaica’s desire to fulfill its ambitions as an independent, developed, and prosperous country. The decision to sever ties with the monarchy highlights the unresolved issues stemming from Jamaica’s history with the British government’s involvement in the Atlantic slave trade.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s call to action for online safety for children underscores the need for collective efforts to protect the younger generation from the harmful effects of social media. Their campaign aligns with the growing global concern over online harms and the urgent need for change to ensure a safer digital environment for children.