Last week at a White House anti-bullying event hosted by President Barack and Michelle Obama Facebook launched a new suite of anti-bullying tools aiming to “create a culture of respect” amongst users of the social networking site.
Facebook’s changes are centred around two aspects: a reporting system that is social by design (i.e. policed by its members) and an improved Safety Centre.
In recognition of the importance of today’s summit on bullying prevention, we’re excited to announce two new safety features that we’ll be introducing in the coming weeks:
- A reporting system that’s social by design. We’re working on a new social reporting feature. We’ve always offered a comprehensive system for people to report content to us, which has been effective at keeping inappropriate content off the site. Now, we’re adding a unique feature, developed with safety experts, that lets people also report content to someone in their support system (like a parent or teacher) who may be able to address the issue more directly. It is our hope that features like this will help not only remove the offensive content but also help people get to the root of the problem. We’ve been testing and improving social reporting over the past few months and it will soon be available globally. You can find out more here.
- An improved Safety Center with more multimedia resources. Facebook’s current Safety Center provides targeted information for parents, educators and teens looking for answers to top questions about online safety. In the next few weeks, we will incorporate new educational videos, external resources from renowned experts, downloadable materials for people to share and discuss, and more. In addition to working with the people mentioned above, we’re also looking to teens to get their perspective and advice on using technology wisely. Our goal is to encourage a conversation around safety so people can make smart choices wherever they are. Over time, we’ll continue to invest significant time, energy and money in adding content and tools to our Safety Center so it will always be growing and improving.
Facebook has a section on its website called Facebook Safety which has links and info regarding Cyber Safety. This is an open site and you do not need to be a member of Facebook to view the information.
To provide advice on Cyber Safety Facebook has established a Safety Global Advisory Board comprising of five leading Internet safety organizations from North America and Europe.
We encourage Parents to visit Facebook Safety and the other links in this post to find out more about Facebook’s approach to cyber bullying – the more you know the safer your children are when online.
Facebook’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Create a “Culture of Respect” – Mashable article
Friends to help police bullying and abuse on Facebook – BBC News article
Report It – Our guide on How to Report Abuse to Popular Social Media Sites