The social network Facebook has reached an agreement with 49 state attorneys general to institute a broad set of principles intended to protect young users from online predators and inappropriate material.
The company will require users under 18 to confirm they have read Facebook’s safety tips when they sign up; the site will also display a prominent “report abuse” icon devised by the New Jersey attorney general.
Facebook will also no longer let people significantly change their ages without review and has agreed to take down within 24 hours any material flagged as inappropriate.
Attending a recent school recital for my daughter I was surprised to overhear a group of young girls (maybe grade 4?) talking (loudly) about their facebook profiles, and who was "not their friend". These girls are probably 9 years old, more or less. I knew face was popular with the kids, but I had always interpreted that to mean "teenagers". Apparently not so.
Kids today hear a lot about online safety. They're smart, they're aware of dangers, yet it can be hard for a kid to exercise good judgement even when they know the basic principles. I wonder if this safety stuff is sinking in?
I don't want to sound like a broken record but "abuse icons" are not a replacement for parental supervision, and no one would suggest otherwise.
Agree with walkman... Can you say "COPPA".. what a joke that is.
I wonder if this safety stuff is sinking in?
There was excellent piece on the PBS news show called "Growing up Online" . One of the persons interviewed stated that nearly every documented account of any kid meeting up with a stranger they met online was at the kids behest. They weren't tricked or manipulated into anything but instead were actively pursuing it.
Truthfully I think the situation is overblown. Doesn't matter what safeguards facebook or any other online community puts in place if the parents aren't involved.