He said that children currently live in a world where they are “targeted and fed dangerous content”. Claiming that children are being “treated as digital experiments to make money”, he warned: “Many of these systems are by design aiming to keep our kids hooked for years to come regardless of how their time online impacts their self-confidence, self-worth or safety.” He said that “hatred and harm” are “somehow normalised” on social media, something which he said has caused major concern for him and wife Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry made the comment in a webinar, which was hosted to mark the launch of the 5Rights Foundation’s Global Child Online Safety Toolkit.
The event, entitled Making Child Online Safety a Reality, saw Prince Harry hit out at the social media industry, which he said makes “unimaginable money from our time, our attention and our information, literally”.
While he acknowledged that he is “not an expert on law, or technology”, he added: “I am a father and I’m lucky enough to be a father with a platform.”
Speaking via Zoom, the Duke of Sussex, 37, said: “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.
“It’s easy to say the business model of the internet and social media is broken, but it’s not.
“The internet business model is doing exactly what it’s meant to do – pull us in, keep us scrolling, get us angry, anxious or make us numb to the world around us.