In response to the White House's Conference for Bullying Prevention, Facebook has upped its game, providing users with more tools to prevent bullying and “create a culture of respect” for Facebook users. The major changes are an improved safety center with more multimedia resources as well as improved tools to report bullying. In the process of reporting bullying, Facebook in its community building goal, has added an option where users can privately message their 'bully' before all out reporting them, with regard to the offensive content they've posted. Users also have the option to report their 'bully' to Facebook, and they can choose to include a trusted authority figure like a parent, relative or teacher as a contact in the incident report.
Facebook's new reporting system where teens can include an authority figure
In upgrading its Safety Center, Facebook will also have available new educational videos, external multimedia from renowned experts and downloadable content for people to share and discuss within the coming weeks. Facebook had previously confronted online bullying with the addition of a panic button. In the United Kingdom last year, after a murder was reported related to Facebook bullying, Facebook implemented a panic button which connected teens directly to resources hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center.
Publish date: March 11, 2011 8:49 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:26 pm