Facial Recognition is coming…

Facebook is about to introduce a new application in Australia called Tag Suggestions. The program digitally scans faces in photos and suggests who they are so that you can tag them. Tagging a photo means putting someone’s name on it.

So imagine for example if your teenager attends a 16th birthday party. Guests take photos and upload them to Facebook. When your teen goes on Facebook, she discovers that everything she has done at the party  is there for all to see. There are even some pics that claim to be her but – oh dear – they are not and they are not the most flattering of pics.

What went wrong? When photos are uploaded, Facebook’s “Tag Suggestions” automatically compares the faces in the photos to other Facebook photos your teen has been tagged in. It then labels that photo with the name of your teenager.

How to Disable Tag Suggestions

From your Facebook page, click on Account.

Choose Privacy Settings.

Click on Customize Settings.

Scroll down to Things Others Share.

Next to Suggest photos of me to friends, click on Edit Settings.

Click on Disabled and click Okay.

Acknowledgements to http://www.commonsense.org/

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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