Meghan Markle calls for social media safety

Meghan Markle calls for social media safety

The Duchess of Sussex has expressed concern about how social media is affecting children. 

Meghan Markle speaks to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau/ Instagram/ ©SussexRoyal

Meghan Markle is calling for social media platforms to be made safer, especially for children. 

The Duchess of Sussex says social media is having a negative impact on children's mental health.  

Meghan and her husband Prince Harry were speakers at a parents' summit held by The Archewell Foundation in New York on World Mental Health Day on Tuesday. 

The foundation's 'Mental Wellness in the Digital Age' panel discussion was hosted at Project Healthy Minds' World Mental Health Day Festival. 

Meghan said she has met parents who shared devastating stories about how social media has affected their children. 

"As parents, though our kids are really young, 2 1/2 and 4 1/2... but social media isn't going away and by design, there was an entry post that was supposed to be positive and create community but something has devolved and there's no way to hear that and not try to help these families have their stories be heard," she said, according to PEOPLE.

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Meghan says that she is "frightened" about how social media will affect her children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, in the future. 

"'Being a mom is the most important thing in my entire life... outside of course being a wife to this one. But I will say, I feel fortunate that our children are at an age, again, quite young, so this isn't in our immediate future, but I also feel frightened by how it's continuing to change," she said, according to the Daily Mail.

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Harry, meanwhile, called for solutions that will make social media.

 “I think for us, for myself and my wife, with kids growing up in a digital age, the priority here is to again turn pain into purpose and provide as much support as well as a spotlight and a platform for these parents to come together, to heal, to grieve and to also collectively focus on solutions so that no other family anywhere has to go through what they’ve been through," Harry said at the summit. 

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