This week, Facebook announced that it is teaming with the Attorneys General of 19 states and the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to launch a new internet safety effort. The main goal of the campaign appears to be enhanced teen internet safety and awareness, particularly on Facebook, by focusing on best practices for users.
By focusing on educating teens and parents, Facebook should help raise awareness of what parents can do and should be watching for. Facebook, as part of the campaign, will be rolling out a number of new resources for families including:
“Ask the Safety Team Video” series. Over the past few years, we have traveled around the country, teaching educators, parents and teens how to safely use our service. We’ve created a video series from our safety team that answers the questions we’re asked most during this events.
“What You Can Do to Control Your Information,” a tip sheet that offers the 10 top tools to control your information on Facebook.
Maryland State Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who is also the NAAG president, was quoted as saying:
“We hope this campaign will encourage consumers to closely manage their privacy and these tools and tips will help provide a safer online experience. Of course, attorneys general will continue to actively protect consumers’ online privacy as well.”
This effort raises a couple of questions that I have not seen addressed. First, why are only 19 states participating, and second, what will be the response of the other social networks? Surely this is a cause that all parties can get behind.
You can visit the Facebook Safety page for more information.
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