14 July 2010 | Category: Online
Facebook has agreed to install a panic button on its UK website that will allow users to report any suspicious behavior, harassment or bullying.
The newly launched application will give Facebook user’s access to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. This will allow them to report abuse and also access material about how to stay safe on the website. Facebook is responding to huge pressure from child protection groups.
Supporters of the button hope that it will dissuade some pedophiles from trying to make contact with youngsters through the website. Facebook had originally been reluctant to install the button claiming that they were already providing plenty of safety help and advice for the website. However pressure mounted on Facebook following the recent rape and murder of a young girl by a convicted sex offender, posing as a teenage boy through the website.
The hope is that the button will help provide a safer environment for youngsters to interact online. You can bookmark or add an application by visiting: http://facebook.com/clickceop