Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is calling for new legislation to address child online safety so kids aren’t treated as “digital experiments.”
“I’ve learned that without meaningful change to the way we hold technology accountable and approach to designing technology in the future, we will not be able to stop our kids from being subjected to addictive products where they are exposed to content they should never see and experience and should never have to go through,” the 37-year-old member of the British royal family said Monday.
“Technology will continue to shape all our futures, which is why we must rewrite the rules of engagement when it comes to the way we design and experience it,” Harry said.
Harry’s remarks came during a virtual event from the 5Rights Foundation to launch a Global Child Online Safety Toolkit, which it described as a “roadmap for policymakers and practitioners building a digital world that supports children and enables them to flourish, online and beyond.”
“We need new laws, like the laws that 5Lives is working on to shape in the [United Kingdom], the [European Union] and here in California. We need public pressure. We need strong leadership. And we need continued research into what some of the biggest companies in the world are hiding behind closed doors,” Harry said.
“It shouldn’t have to take a whistleblower or other disturbing revelations to learn what social media companies have known for a…