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Prince William Warns Girls of the Evils of Social Media & Photoshop

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Prince William went into full dad mode during a public engagement

Prince William is proving once again that he's just the sweetest dude with the best interests of all his citizens in mind. During a surprise visit to a London high school this week, he spoke to students about cyberbullying, body image and gender roles, and the things he said were just so on point.

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"I worry for you girls," he admitted during the surprise assembly held at Burlington Danes Academy.

"The touched-up pictures are not real," he continued. "Don’t try to recreate them or think that’s what you’ve got to aim for. There’s a lot of fakeness online, so don’t worry about that."

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He also advocated for getting off the internet to improve mental health.

"Don’t spend all day online," he said. "Seriously, don’t. For your mental health, get outside, come away from the screen. By all means, be on a screen, but don’t be on it all day because it will only bring you into another world. It’s important that you balance the time."

He then got into how these tips are important for all genders, and talked about how traditional gender roles can have a real impact on mental health, bullying, body image and other issues that are exacerbated for teens by frequent use of the internet.

"It’s really important for boys [to talk about their feelings]," he said. "We’re not very good at talking about our emotions and how we feel. Girls have got a little bit better, and boys, we’ve really got to work hard on being able to talk to friends, family and trusted people about how we feel."

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The assembly, which was kept secret from students until it happened, had to have been a treat. Plus, it was full of wisdom that teens need to hear. All in a day's work for Prince William.

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