Facebook launches safety tips as part of anti-bullying week

The Guardian
The theme of this year’s National Anti-Bullying-Week, which starts today, is cyber-bullying. In fact, after name calling cyber-bullying is the most common type of bullying, as a recent study for the Department for Children, Schools and Families revealed. It is an issue has to be taken seriously: 47% of 14-year-olds in the survey reported bullying. Its impact continues as kids get older: 41% of 15-year-olds and 29% of 16-year-olds report facing the problem.

Alongside charities such as Bullying UK, Facebook is taking part in the campaign. Its director of European public policy, Richard Allan, said: “National Anti-Bullying Week is a really important campaign and Facebook takes the issue of cyber-bullying very seriously. It’s a great opportunity for us to communicate to our users about safety. There’s no place for bullies on Facebook.”

Bebo has a site open for teenagers to talk about being bullied and some background tips for parents, while Facebook offers concrete adviceto parents and children, listed below:

1. Only accept friends you know
In order to prevent harassment from strangers, only accept friend requests from people you know and report any messages or profiles that look suspicious. Facebook is based on a real name culture, and fake profiles are regularly disabled when they’re reported to us. Only confirmed friends can post to your Walls or contact you via Facebook Chat, so if you’re worried that someone will make inappropriate posts or send offensive messages, you should ignore that person’s request.

2. Stop abusive behavior
A block prevents someone from viewing your profile. If you receive inappropriate or abusive communication, you can block the person by listing his or her name in the “Blocking People” box at the bottom of the privacy page. In addition to blocking, if you receive abusive messages on your wall or via Facebook chat, you can remove the offender from your friend list. Full story.


One Response

  1. We did a legal analysis of this at http://www.fortnightlyreview.info
    This is a big issue, I don’t think any country has a good grip on cyber-bullying or sexting yet

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