The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will meet executives of social media giants to discuss the issue of cyber bullying, according to a royal aide. The royal couple have recently shown increased interest in raising awareness about mental health in young people.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will hold talks with Facebook and Twitter in 2016 to discuss ways young people can be protected from online harassment, the Sunday Times reported, according to Mirror.

Prince William visited a west London school in support of an anti-bullying campaign in September. He took part in a training session focused on support networks, cyber-bullying and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) bullying issues. The Duke of Cambridge was joined by more than 50 young people from across London during his visit. Earlier in October, William and Kate attended mental well being training sessions at an event to mark World Mental Health day.

The royal aide said Kate Middleton and Prince William have been particularly keen on the subject since they became parents to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. "Their role as parents is definitely shaping their perceptions on the issues," the aide said. "As parents themselves they want to speak out and see what more can be done for young people who are victims of cyber bullying and all forms of bullying."

The latest statistics show a large number of young children in the UK face bullying at school. An online survey of 2,000 young people by Diana Award, an organisation set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, revealed that 35% of those questioned did not feel comfortable talking about bullying, while 59% said bullying made them think about skipping school.