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12:10 pm on Jul 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Facebook has announced it will allow a "panic button" application on its social networking site.

The button, aimed at children and teenagers, will report abuse to the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) and Facebook.

One installed, the application appears on their homepage to say that "they are in control online".


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12:18 pm on July 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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yeah but the real issue is parents,

i know plenty of kids under 10 who have facebook accounts and are on it a lot and whose parents (my friends) are absolutely clueless about the internet - thus the kids are totally unsupervised and unmonitored.
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Kids will usually outpace their parents with computers.

Could your grandad program the video or a mobile phone?

But his kids and grandkids can!
1:21 pm on July 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Kids will usually outpace their parents with computers.

Could your grandad program the video or a mobile phone?

But his kids and grandkids can!


yes, but i don't get your point?

my point is that facebook doesn't allow kids under 13 to have accounts, but loads do, they learn to put a fake age in, so if you've got a fake age of 20, then what use is a 'children's' panic button, because as far as facebook knows you're not a child anyway.

also someone has to install the panic button app, i can't imagine a child doing so, what do they care, and their parents won't know anything about it.
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It sounds as if this button will be like the "report a post" type button we have on here and many forums have.

I don't understand why all facebook users don't have one.
7:00 am on July 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Finally facebook has a "panic button". Now the internet is safe again and we can all sleep again tonight.
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Finally facebook has a "panic button". Now the internet is safe again and we can all sleep again tonight.
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It's either going to be abused or never used. What's the point of this button! Parents should get a clue about what their kids get upto online
8:47 am on July 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Kids will usually outpace their parents with computers.

Could your grandad program the video or a mobile phone?

People with pre-teen and teenage kids are not going to be doddering pensioners, they will probably be younger than half the people posting here.
 

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