Facebook adopts an application for child safety
A child protection group reported Monday that “the website of the social site Facebook agreed to adopt an application designed to improve online safety for younger users.
Also they explained that “The application, which follows a long campaign of the Center for Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP in ALARA), appears in the user profile page when you add or make a bookmark, and allows children and adolescents report an inappropriate or suspicious behavior, aimed at users aged between 13 and 18. It also offers help, advice and service for a secure online connection. “
Jim Gamble, CEOP chief executive said: “We know from talking with offenders that a visible deterrent can protect young people online. The application should reassure parents whose teens use the site.”
“An automated message will appear in the homepage of Facebook users of all teens, inviting them to add the application.”
These measures were taken from late last year when 17-year-old Ashleigh Hall, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a man who posed as a teenager whom she had met through Facebook.
Joanna Shields, Facebook vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, on the application stated that “Together we have developed a new way to help young people in online security,” and that “Only through continued and concerted efforts industry, police, parents and young people themselves can stay safe online. “