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Facebook Safety: Board Works On Kids and Safety Policy

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By Minara El-Rahman on December 08, 2009 4:46 PM

CNN reports that the popular social networking site Facebook plans on working with five internet safety groups in order to create a board that will decide Facebook policy on kids and safety.

A vice president of Facebook, Mr. Elliot Schrage released a statement this past Sunday that read: "We believe that the only way to keep kids safe online is for everyone who wants to protect them to work together."

The new Facebook safety board will address issues that impact the safety of children. The members of this new advisory board are: Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and the Family Online Safety Institute. It is move from Facebook to keep its younger users safe from online predators such as sex offenders and other online criminals. Other issues that affect children are cyberbullying and phishing.

This initiative is right in line with another Facebook safety move made last year. NY Daily News reports that Facebook signed an agreement with the attorney general in 49 different states to protect children online.

It also worked with BBC;to promote a "Bullyproof" campaign that sought to end cyberbullying. According to TechNewsWorld, it is working with MTV on a campaign called "A Thin Line" which seeks to put a stop to digital abuse.  

This announcement of an advisory board comes right on the heels of new Facebook policy on certain privacy features last week.

For some, it seems about time that Facebook has assembled such a board given its popularity with younger demographics. Parry Aftab, executive director of WiredSafety, told TechNewsWorld: "When you have the entire world online on one network, you need to create a community approach to safety. It's time."

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