Mishcon de Reya's Legal Director, Emma Woollcott, comments on news that Facebook will invest £1 million into cyber bullying education for UK secondary schools:
"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."