Facebook Panic Button: Protecting Kids

Facebook had said a few months back that they were considering installing a panic button – the mother of murdered English teen Ashleigh Hall is now asking the social networking site to do so now. The mother wishes Facebook to offer a link to Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit (CEOP).

The website allows those who are worried about the activities of individuals on social networking sites to report cyber-bullies and perverts. This is a serious crime as most of the time you are not sure who you are talking to – there are men out there who pose as a young girl so that they can meet them.

However, the sad news is that Facebook has rejected Ashleigh’s mother’s plea – CEOP boss Jim Gamble has said that Facebook is not doing enough to combat this very serious problem. At the moment we know how easy it is to set up a false account on Facebook, this is just what these predators are doing everyday.

While listing to a report on BBC News a few days ago I had heard that there are those that wish for you to register as a user with Facebook with a credit card. This will never happen – as this will then mean that only people of 18 years and over can sign up.

According to News.com.au CEOP had now received 267 complaints about Facebook in 2009 – 43 percent of those complaints were regarding users grooming children. What do you think Facebook should do about this very serious problem?