Prince Harry opens up about protecting Archie and Lilibet from 'online harm'

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  • The Duke of Sussex joined a webinar to discuss the harmful nature of the online world.
  • Harry revealed that while his and Meghan Markle's children are too young to experience the online world, he worries about the future.
  • He added that as a father with a platform, he hopes to make a change in the online world.

Prince Harry wishes he could protect his kids from the internet forever.

The Duke of Sussex joined 5Rights Foundation as they launched the Global Child Online Safety Toolkit webinar on Monday, speaking about how the digital world and social media impact children.

During the chat, Harry opened up about how his role as a father to Archie Harrison, 3, and Lilibet Diana, 11 months, has inspired him to try and make a change.

The royal revealed that although his and Meghan Markle's children are too young to experience the online world, he worries about the future.

"As parents, my wife and I are concerned about the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalised," he said. "We want our children and all children to feel empowered to speak up."

Harry added, "My two little ones are still at their age of innocence. Sometimes I feel like I can keep them away from the online harm that they could face in the future forever, but I'm learning to know better."

The prince added that while he has no tertiary qualifications, he is "a father with a platform" and wants to use the platform for good.

"My kids are too young to have experienced the online world yet, and I hope they never have to experience it as it exists now. No kid should have to."


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