The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend Children's Global Media Summit

Jack Ridsdale

By Jack Ridsdale

December 1st 2017 at 8:16AM
UPDATED December 1st 2017 at 3:30PM
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend Children's Global Media Summit

Prince William will deliver a keynote speech on children’s mental health at the Children’s Global Media Summit on Wednesday December 6th.

The Children's Global Media Summit will see a royal visit, with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appearing at the event on December 6th.

Prince William is set to deliver a keynote session which will explore how unlimited freedom in the digital world may be impacting on children’s mental health and wellbeing.

It will also examine what those in the industry should do next to engage with the everyday problems that young people face online.

The keynote session, addressing delegates from more than 30 countries working in children’s media, will be hosted by BBC radio presenter Greg James. 

The Duchess of Cambridge will also attend the event in Manchester, UK, joining a private roundtable opened by Sesame Workshop, the charitable foundation for Sesame Street, on research commissioned into children and kindness.

During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses will also speak to local schoolchildren taking part in a ‘Stepping Out’ focus group session with BBC Children’s.

“We’re honoured to be joined by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Summit as we commit to making the digital world a better place for future generations," said director of BBC Children’s Alice Webb, who will chair the Summit.

“The Royal Foundation has led the way in supporting young people online so we know our delegates will be thrilled to hear from the Duke on his hopes for the future of media.”

The appearance follows the announcement of a new code of conduct earlier this month by The Royal Foundation's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, of which the BBC is a member.The initiative 'Stop, Speak, Support' was announced by the Duke during Anti-Bullying Week.

Taking place from 5-7 December, the Summit will also feature keynotes from leading figures at YouTube, Sesame Workshop, Viacom Africa, The Envisioners and The Premier League.