A Kent teenager is teaming up with Prince Harry to launch a children's online safety kit that can be used around the world.
Vivien Farkas-Haholt, from Gravesend, will co-host the online launch of the Global Child Online Safety Toolkit and Prince Harry will be a key speaker.
The event, hosted by 5Rights Foundation and End Violence Partnership, will see the Duke of Sussex speak with young people from around the globe, including Vivien, about what’s needed to make child online safety a reality.
Vivien, who lives and goes to school in Gravesend, will talk to Prince Harry alongside young people from South Africa, Canada and Brazil and Malaysia.
5Rights Foundation invited Vivien to be one of the advocates because of the work she has done with them via the Gifted Young Generation youth service in the borough.
Jackie Coupar, youth work manager for Gifted Young Gravesham, said, “We can't tell you how thrilled we are for Vivien and for GYG young people who always give so much of their time and energy to different projects both locally, nationally and internationally.
"We have known Vivien since she was just 11 years old and to see her grow into a confident young woman who has now been chosen to speak with Prince Harry is just brilliant.
"There are so many incredible young people locally and we are pleased to be able to support so many and provide them with opportunities like this.”
In 2019 another GYG young person, Mason Rickard, was invited by 5Rights to speak at the UN’s international conference about regulating the internet on the subject of protecting young people online.
5Rights have been campaigning for online policies to change to protect the rights of young people for some years. GYG have worked with 5Rights at several events on the subject, including interviewing businesses and representatives from the UN about youth rights online.
The Global Child Online Safety Toolkit is a new set of ready-made policies that governments and organisations can adopt to protect children online.
Other speakers include representatives from the United Nations and the European Union.