Facebook Offers Online Bullying Guidance

-Facebook has launched a ‘UK Bullying Prevention Centre‘ – a set of tools to support youngsters concerned with online content or cyber-bullying.

Arturo Bejar, Engineer Director for Facebook’s compassion research team, told Wired (UK);

“My hope is in the future more parents work actively with their kids to give them the emotional tools to navigate the things that end up happening. But in the meantime I think it’s very important for us to provide the best set of tools we can.”

The tools are an improved version of the network’s reporting system, with the flow lengthened, including channels for reporting content that is merely embarrassing or serious instances of bullying. Anything that breaches Facebook’s rules will be reviewed and taken down, but the idea of the new system is to provide youngsters with the tools to open a dialogue and resolve things in a similar manner to how they might in the real world.

The Bullying Prevention Centre was also built in collaboration with partners such as Childnet and the Diana Award. There are sections for parents and teachers, and Facebook is working with schools to get the message out.


News source: Wired (UK).


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