Internet safety is a priority online,especially for parents of teens who use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. With 400 million users worldwide, Facebook is where people of all ages get social and now it is working towards making social networking safer with the launch of launch of the newly redesigned Facebook Safety Center.
We used to tell our children not to talk to strangers when we were out in public. Now, with popular social networks like Facebook, we need to educate children to be just as safe online. However, parents and educators need to be equally informed and vigilant about their child’s well-being online.
Many parents are adverse to letting their teens use Facebook and other social networking sites, but with proper safety and monitoring, it can be a good experience for both parents and teens.
Facebook worked with its Safety Advisory Board to create this new Safety Center. It has features that may give a little more peace of mind to parents who allow their teens to use Facebook:
*An increase in the number of pages dedicated to safety topics
*Interactive portal: content drawn from Facebook resources as well as independent organizations that seek to educate people about staying safe online
*Easy to use design: Quickly find answers to important safety questions organized by topic, such as “Addressing Personal Safety” and “Responding to Objectionable Content”
The Facebook Safety Advisory Board is made up of five Internet safety organizations: Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute.
We want our approach for improving safety to be as simple, easy and effective as our approach to improving Facebook’s user experience. Our Safety Advisory Board has been a tremendous resource in developing this next generation of safety resources and offering us ideas for new initiatives. Going forward, you’ll see even more powerful – and simpler – safety innovations coming from Facebook. – Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook
Helping your teen remain safe online is extremely important. Adults can take a cue from this as well. It isn’t just teens who put themselves in harm’s way on the Internet, so being safe online is something that should be important to everyone who connect on social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
Take a look at the Facebook Safety Center here.
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