The problem with cyberbullying is that information remains on-line for a long time and can be difficult to remove. New EU data protection rules introduced a ‘right to be forgotten’ that allows victims to request the erasure of their personal data.

There is no specific EU law on cyberbullying but some aspects are covered, for instance expressions of racism or xenophobia or sexual harassment of a victim under 18.

Europe is also funding action on the ground to prevent violence against women, children and young people (including on-line). To protect children and teenagers and arm them with the skills and tools they need to use the Internet safely and responsibly, the EU has adopted a Better Internet for Kids strategy and co-funds Safer Internet Centres in all EU countries (forming EANEuropean Anti–bullying Network). Each national centre operates a helpline, providing advice and assistance for children and teenagers confronted with harmful on-line content or conduct

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