Prince William has said he believes that social media can be damaging to children and heightens the social pressures that are put upon them from an early age.
During a gala celebrating the partnership of the charities The Children's Trust and Skillforce, Prince William highlighted the increased pressures placed on children as a result of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, People reports.
“The pressure on young people these days is considerable — almost certainly more than even for my generation not so long ago,” he said.
“Children are tested more than ever before and are being prepared to enter a highly competitive work market,” he continued.
“On top of this, there is a sense of being ‘on call’ 24/7 through social media, and the subsequent strains this can have on relationships, home life and, ultimately, a child’s sense of their own self-worth. It can all take its toll.”
Prince Harry has also issued his concerns with the high levels of screen time that has become so normalised in society.
“People are spending far too much time online and it’s like a mental running machine that they can’t get off. You wouldn’t put your body through such a workout," he said last month.
“I’m the last person to say ban it but people are suffering from mental fatigue and getting burnt out. We all need to talk to each other more.”