Prince William, Duchess Kate to reportedly take on fight against cyberbullying

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Will and Kate's New Cause: The Battle Against Cyberbullying


As the parents of two young children growing up in the age of social media, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly been inspired to tackle the issue of cyberbullying.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have invited executives from Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to meet with them in the coming year and brainstorm about what can be done to crack down on online harassment.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends The Charities Forum, BAFTA for a screening of Shaun The Sheep on October 26, 2015 in London.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Tabitha Webb 'Meg Space' dress, which retails for $575. 

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Prince Harry looked dapper in a navy suit and blue tie.

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Kate's dress was bright and fun, with simple black pumps. 

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Harry looks on as he waits for his Sister-in-Law and Brother.

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The young royals were attending a Shaun The Sheep charity screening.

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Duchess Kate waves to the waiting crowds as they arrive at BAFTA.

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The royals leave BAFTA, Kate waving to the crowd.

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William places a protective hand on Kate's back as they head out of the BAFTA charities event.

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Kate waves to the crowd as they leave, after an active and fun day with a few of their charities.

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The birth of Prince George, 2, and 6-month-old Princess Charlotte has spurred the couple to want to get involved in the issue. Duchess Kate has spoken about being bullied herself while growing up, and the issue also has been raised to them by children during their charity visits.

"She thinks that young people are increasingly becoming vulnerable to these sorts of attacks, and it's one thing, playground bullying, which is what Kate experienced,'' NBC royal expert Camilla Tominey said on TODAY Wednesday. "This is online and more pernicious."

The couple is hoping constructive dialogue with the social media companies can help reduced statistics like 33 percent of teenagers reporting they have been victims of cyberbullying, one million children being cyberbullied on Facebook last year, and 67 percent of young people saying being harassed or threatened online is a problem.

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"Their role as parents is definitely shaping their perceptions on the issues," a royal aide told The Sunday Times of London. "As parents themselves they want to speak out and see what more can be done for young people who are victims of cyberbullying and all forms of bullying."

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