Bullying is never okay, and the British royal family agrees. This week, the royal family decided to take a stand against bullying and announced a set of social media guidelines. They asked that people who engage with them or anyone in their community show “courtesy, kindness, and respect” when doing things like commenting on a post. But why are they taking a stand now? It seems like bullying isn’t only a problem that young people experience, but one that transcends age and titles too! In recent months, Duchesses Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have experienced an overt amount of sexist and racist remarks posted by complete strangers through comments on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. As a result, Kensington Palace decided to take action. From now on, they will delete abusive comments, block users, report abusers, and take other necessary steps to combat online bullying. It’s a big step for Kensington Palace, but hopefully this announcement will protect the royal family and set an example for how people should behave when interacting behind the virtual wall of social media.
How do you stand up to bullying? What would you suggest people do to fight or prevent cyberbullying?