Claiming that safety is their top priority, Facebook has just revamped their Safety Center. The emphasis in their official announcement on the Facebook Blog is the offering of “resources for parents, educators, teens and members of the law enforcement community.”
The announcement also mentions “quadrupled” content and an improved interface for the Facebook Safety Center. In addition to offering their own content, Facebook is inviting others to discuss some of the problems that parents and child protection agencies have been concerned about and which have been plaguing the site. This includes cyberbullying and other topics.
This improved Safety Center follows the establishment of a Safety Advisory Board late last year. Several child protection and related agencies from around the world, including Childnet International are on this advisory board. However, Facebook has not yet given in to requests by Ceop, a UK child protection agency, to install”panic buttons on every page of the site, despite a four hour meeting in Washington. Facebook says they’ll invest nearly $8M in education and awareness.
Do you think this is a good start for Facebook, in terms of protecting children using the site?