Social networking sites adopt panic button

Darren Allan

December 7, 2009

Facebook and other social networking sites have agreed to adopt recommendations drawn up by the government to provide a panic button on their web pages.

Bebo has already introduced this measure, which basically consists of a highly visible button that kids can click on to report offensive or inappropriate material.

The idea, which is something that the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has been recommending for some time, was put forward by the government’s adviser on online safety, Tanya Byron.

Other guidelines will stress the need for sites to provide parental control options to better supervise their offspring’s online activities, and will also apply to chat rooms, instant messaging services and the like.


Comments in chronological order (3 comments)

  1. terri says:

    perhaps ALL sites that are designed for, or mainly use by kids shoud have this?

  2. This good and bad news. Good if used properly. Bad if used as to report users as bad if they truly are not.

    Dr. Dave Hale
    The Internet Marketing Professor

  3. Rose says:

    yups this criteria keep remain same for all social networking sites…..

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