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UK Facebook adds panic buttons to aid bullied teens

| September 21, 2010

Facebook UK has added a new option to its list of technological applications available to users. While Facebook doesn’t use the term ‘panic button’, this is how the new application is being described.

If teens suspect that they are being victimised by cyberbullies, they can click on the button and be connected to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), an organisation run in part by the UK government. Teens will be able to download resources about Internet safety, and will also be able to report suspicious users.

Such safety tools are available on other social networking sites like Bebo. Facebook decided on the move after 44 police officers signed a petition drawn up by the mother of a UK teen murdered by a paedophile she met on a social networking site. It is widely hoped that the integration of the new application will result in swifter action by police and other authorities in cyber-related crimes.

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Category: e-Education, Spring 2010 Edition

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