The Swedish royals Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have published a very frank guide to internet safety. The book, ‘Guide for Parents’, has been sent to all Swedish 10-year-olds and covers topics such as screen time, sexual harassment and cyberbullying. The royal couple worked alongside Swedish charity BRIS, Children’s Rights in Society, to produce the guide and they even consulted with young people aged 10 to 18.
The guidebook urges parents to communicate directly with their children about the reality of what they see on the internet.
The foreword, written by the Prince, Princess and BRIS secretary general Magnus Jägerskog says: “The truth is, most kids actually want to talk to a grown-up about their online experiences.
“But many of them think that you wouldn’t understand.
“Kids and teens worry about things online they feel parents don’t have a clue about.
Swedish royals have published an online safety book (Image: Instagram/Getty)
“They might also fear getting blamed for things that have happened, especially if they have done something they know their parents are concerned about.
“Parents, on the other hand, often feel they are lacking in knowledge about new apps or trends.
“This gap between kids and grown-ups is the biggest hurdle to conversation. And that’s what we want this book to change.’
The advice given is far from reserved, addressing subjects such as “nudes”, “d**k-pics” and sexual harassment.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia have published a very frank guide to internet safety (Image: Getty)
Quoting a selection of teenagers, it describes the reality of “unwanted propositions, detailed sexual questions or requests for naked pictures”.
The guide says: “’The internet is amazing, but sometimes things show up that are not so amazing.
“Unwanted sexual questions, propositions and pictures belong to that category.
“It’s become routine that some boys send pictures of their penis to girls, but also to other boys.
The book, ‘Guide for Parents’, has been sent to all Swedish 10-year-olds (Image: Instagram/magnusjagerskog)
“It’s for different reasons: to freak out and exercise power, but also because they think people will like it.
“Girls and boys can certainly send each other pictures out of curiosity, lust and free will, but it’s an illegal act to send sexual pictures, or expose your genitalia, to another person against their will.”
This chapter of the book recommends parents “take a stand” and suggests parents should practice with their child “how to say no”.
The guide also advise keeping “screen shots” as evidence of offending material.
Prince William has also spoken out about e-safety for children (Image: Getty)
The concluding chapter of the book provides a glossary of common millennial terms, defining terms such as “bae”, “friendzone” and “on fleek”.
The section also explains what a “d***-pic” is, describing it as “a close-up of a penis sent from one person to one or more other people”.
Prince William has also spoken out about his fears concerning the safety of children on line.
In November 2017 his charity, the Royal Foundation, launched an anti-cyberbullying plan called “Stop, speak, support”.
Head of children’s charity the NSPCC, Peter Wanless, explained the three step action plan provides “simple steps for children and teenagers who witness cyberbullying”.
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