Hip Dad Prince William Knows About the Unrealistic Beauty Standards on Social Media

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So I would like you now to please give a warm welcome to the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and Professor Green. [APPLAUSE] When we set up the foundation sort of as a branch off from heads together, we set up a cyberbullying taskforce. And we brought all the leading people in from the sector, tech industries, anti-bullying charities, and we got them to put their heads together. See what I did there? [LAUGH] Very nice. [APPLAUSE] And got them to put theirs together and come up with a plan as to how to tackle cyberbullying. Understanding What you're doing online, for instance, is really important. Take time to stop and think about what you're posting, what you're reading, and stuff like that. If you see one of your friends in trouble, be supportive. Try and look out for one another. The internet is a great place, and at its heart it was designed to help us and to make things better, but there's obviously always But there's obviously always sometimes a flip side to this. I worry for you girls. They are touched up images, a lot of them, so don't try and recreate or think that's what, you know, you're going to aim for. There's a lot of fakeness online, so don't worry about that.

Prince William isn’t a regular dad, he’s a cool dad. Which is why when he surprised a group of students at London’s Burlington Danes Academy on Thursday, he brought up an utterly modern problem: unrealistic beauty standards on social media.

No stranger to scrutiny himself (particular headlines about his thinning hair), he offered up some wise words to teens. “I worry for you girls,” he said, according to People. He urged them to avoid feeling pressured to conform to those impractical ideals and discussed the toll that it can take on mental health.

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The royal also touched on cyber-bullying and admitted what we all could assume about his texting skills: They’re not as good as Gen Z’s. “Unless you punctuate it correctly—I’m not the best at punctuation and I’m not the grammar police, either—you can read it in 100 different ways,” he said of hurt feelings over texts and social media.

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On second thought, maybe he's not as hip as we believed. “There is such a generational gap … we don’t know how to respond,” William admitted about parents’ knowledge of social media platforms like Facebook.

Just wait until and Prince George and Princess Charlotte enter their teens.


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