Facebook unveils an overhauled Safety Center

Facebook unveiled an update to their Safety Center earlier today. This comes shortly after Facebook's decision to not implement a 'panic button' on their pages, instead opting to forward reports of abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre. This section of the site serves as a quick reference guide on dealing with online safety concerns for young users of Facebook, their parents, and law enforcement officials alike.

Facebook's new updated Safety Center

Facebook's updated Safety Center page.

The Safety Center is divided into several categories. Within each category, the sections are divided into three groups: general safety information, responding to unwanted contact, and reporting objectionable content. The "General Safety" section encompasses most of the information listed in the other categories, the latter of which is tailored to specific Facebook user groups.

The "safety for teens" section contains mostly the same content as the general section, but has been tailored to teens in such a matter that makes it easy for them to relate with understand. The "safety for parents" section has three additional groups of information, advising parents on dealing with Facebook age restrictions, privacy for minors, and some advice from Common Sense Media. Finally, "Safety for Law Enforcers" assists law enforcement officials with reporting suspected sex offenders and terrorist activity on Facebook.

While most tech-savvy users may find little need of this information, in addition to last year's privacy controls update, Facebook remains committed to protecting the privacy and safety of its users on one of the most frequented websites in the United States.

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Well it's good that the guys at Facebook are making it safe for users to use, and giving the information they need to stay safe. Even though everyone's best bet is to avoid applications, and block all information from the public eye.

This is a good step, but ultimately I think parents need to be more involved... And they need to better educate their children... As a kid I had enough sense not to just meet someone I met online... And my parents would have known what I was doing anyhow...

amon91 said,
Wondering who will take the time to read this though.

Busy bodies, who'll report someone for petty things like wiping their nose in public no doubt

akav0id said,

Busy bodies, who'll report someone for petty things like wiping their nose in public no doubt

You're probably right. Unfortunately...

Mike Chipshop said,
Nice step in the right direction

Actually, it's not, because it's hidden away and hard to find.

Meph said,

Actually, it's not, because it's hidden away and hard to find.

Took me all of 3 seconds to get it. Not really all that hard to find, IMO.

Edited by , Apr 14 2010, 11:09pm :

Orange Battery said,

Like most of the features on Facebook following the "upgrades" a while ago

Indeed. Facebook is really disorganized...