Facebook Child Safety App to Report Online Predators in U.K.
Joanne Shields, Facebook's vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, acknowledges that the new app likely won't be a "silver bullet" of Internet safety, and insists that "it is only through the constant and concerted effort of the industry, police, parents and young people themselves that we can all keep safe online." British crime prevention minister James Brokenshire echoed Shields's sentiments, maintaining that it's still "vital that government continue to work with industry, police, and parents to educate children about the dangers they may face online."
Pressure for Facebook to implement a so-called 'panic button' across user profiles has been building ever since a 17-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a man she'd met on Facebook earlier this year. After initially refusing to implement such a button back in March, the 'Book seems to have arrived at a healthy compromise. It likely won't turn the site into a crime-free playground overnight, though, as its success still relies upon the assumption that teenagers will voluntarily install this application. Psychologically, though, Facebook's new initiative should provide at least one more safety net for its young (and vulnerable) online population. [From: Reuters and Dawn/AFP]