Facebook is taking steps to protect the safety of children. On Tuesday, it opened its newly redesigned Safety Center, which is a collaborative effort between Facebook and its Safety Advisory Board. The board, assembled four months ago, consists of these independent, global groups: Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute.
“Safety is Facebook’s top priority,” said Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan. “We’ve quadrupled the safety content available and we’ve created cleaner, more navigable interfaces to help you find answers to safety questions fast.”
After a frightening turn of events in Great Britain, where Facebook is accused as being complicit in a child abduction and murder case, the social media site has taken serious steps to address safety concerns. While Facebook has not acquiesed to every suggestion given by Britain’s authorities, it has created structures it hopes will not only waylay further abuse, but promote education, awareness and conversation on the part of children and their parents.
Facebook offers a Security page, with tips and information on avoiding hackers and scams, but the Safety Center is a more interactive effort which goes to greater lengths to protect users, namely children.
In the ever-changing world of social media, Facebook stands as the most popular site for users, and as such, bears the brunt of taking security further than its counterparts.