The police in the UK are making their support known for the new ClickCEOP button.
The so-called panic button has just been introduced by Facebook, although not in the omnipresent form that CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre) originally wanted. Instead, it’s an application that teenagers must install before they can use.
Adverts targeted at thirteen to eighteen-year-old Facebook users have been set in motion to let them know about this feature, and encourage them to deploy it, but police around the country have also chimed in to underline the importance of installing the button.
Both Humberside and Sussex police have come out backing the button, which when clicked allows a user to report inappropriate material, and gives them access to advice on online safety.
The Goole Courier reported Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Kerman from Humberside Police as stating: “[This] announcement by CEOP represents a significant step forward in keeping young people safer on Facebook and we would urge all Facebook users in Humberside to add this application.”
“If you are a parent on Facebook, add the app and encourage your children to do so too. This will act as a visible deterrent to offenders and result in your child receiving regular online safety tips from CEOP, so you can feel reassured that they are better protected online.”
However, it should equally be borne in mind that an icon is not a substitute for good and aware parenting.