On Monday, Facebook announced that it will fund training for one young person in every UK secondary school in order to support children who experience cyber-bullying.
This follows a proposal from Culture Secretary Karen Bradley last week for a levy on social media companies that will fund measures designed to protect children online.
Commenting on this development, Mishcon de Reya Legal Director Emma Woollcott said:
"It is great news that Facebook is taking cyber bullying seriously and empowering their community to help tackle it. Education on the potential dangers lurking online is key for young people, as is Facebook's responsiveness to complaints about abuses of their systems. However it is also critical that the legal underpinning supports any community efforts and that the range of legal sanctions are effective deterrents against bullying. Interplay between social media providers, the police and the justice system is critical in ensuring that digital fora such as Facebook and Instagram are safe for vulnerable young people to live out their digital lives without fear of bullying or harassment."