Dan Howell, Dodie and Riyadh Met Prince BLOODY William For This Incredible Reason
17 November 2017, 11:04
We love a Royal collab.
Dan Howell, Dodie Clark and Riyadh Khalaf met with the Duke of Cambridge Prince William yesterday to launch a new initiative aimed at combatting cyberbullying.
The trio, who were also joined by YouTuber Nikki Lilly, spoke with the prince about combatting internet trolls with a new campaign, named #StopSpeakSupport.
had some important bants with top lad prince william today about how we can all change the culture around cyberbullying with his #StopSpeakSupport campaign— Daniel Howell (@danielhowell) November 16, 2017
check out this video: https://t.co/fARZgl7gsw and https://t.co/ZRvOMjznwI to learn more 👌 pic.twitter.com/0gNzUfZIJe
What is #StopSpeakSupport?
Described as a "Green Cross Code for the web," the #StopSpeakSupport campaign aims to educate internet users on what to do when they see online bullying:
Action 1: Take time out before getting involved, and don’t share or like negative comments.
Action 2: Try and get an overview of what’s really going on.
Action 3: Check the community guidelines for the site you’re on.
Action 1: Ask an adult or friend that you can trust for advice.
Action 2: Use the report button for the social media it’s happening on.
Action 3: Speak to one of the charities set up to help with situations like this, such as Childline.
Action 1: Give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone.
Action 2: Encourage the person being bullied to talk to someone they can trust.
Action 3: Give the person being bullied a positive distraction from the situation.
After meeting the Prince, Dodie spoke out against cyberbullying on Instagram.
"It's sort of trendy to be a little bit sassy online nowadays," she wrote underneath a shot of her and Prince William, before asking followers to "take a step back" and think about the impact of their words online.
It's sort of trendy to be a little bit sassy online nowadays. Add a frog and tea emoji. You're being salty, it's banter, and you feel included, you feel part of something and a little bit naughty. But please please please take a step back. Say the words you type out loud, and imagine how it would sound and feel to the person you're directing it at in real life. Would it be funny? Or would it sound cutting? Would it hurt you, to see or hear the same thing? If something's happening online, #stopspeaksupport. (Hear me out; it's a catchy hashtag to help you remember.) STOP: take a moment. Assess the situation. Be objective, and try to see all sides. Check the community guidelines of the site your on. SPEAK: with kindness. If someone's being targeted, talk to the people who are targeting. Reach out to ask why, suggest that it's not right. This can be difficult and scary to start; but you can do it in a way that is kind, and will help everyone, I know you can. SUPPORT: the victim. Show them they're not alone, that you're there to listen, that you're stepping in between the lines to help out. And also to everyone else involved, too. Usually there is a reason behind being mean. Today was an incredible day, and I'm so incredibly humbled but honoured to be a part of this new campaign! I feel so inspired; and truly hopeful that this will help. Let's start a movement please. It's time to be kinder online :) @stopspeaksupport
Riyadh also took to social media after the event to speak out against cyberbullying, warning that it can "destroy a life."
As part of the campaign, a video was produce to help young people deal with online banter that goes too far.
Check out this important video below: