Following the devastating tornado that ravaged Moore, Okla., Monday and resulted in several deaths, a Facebook user in nearby Shawnee launched a Facebook group, May 19th 2013 OK Tornado Doc & Picture Recovery, aimed at reuniting victims with their possessions that were blown all over the state.
A new rumor has been sweeping Facebook — that people are stealing photos of your children and posting them to a page called “Infancy.” The status that I saw, which had been shared 600 times back then and more than 3,500 times at the time of writing, claimed that “loads of local kids” were shown, including the author’s own, and demanded the removal of the page. But here’s the deal — the page was automatically generated by Facebook, like this one about rock climbing or this one about food. In fact, above the photographs, it even said “photos of my friends and infancy.”
Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram is under fire from advocates for children’s safety, with more than 4,500 signatures having been collected on a petition on Change.org that calls for Instagram to make the default settings private for users aged 13 through 17, and not geotag- and geolocation-enabled.
With Mother’s Day on the calendar this coming Sunday, Facebook examined the relationships between mothers and their children on the social network, finding that 13 percent of children planned to wish their moms a happy Mother’s Day on Facebook.
Should you be friends with your boss on Facebook? Absolutely not, according to 81 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by question-and-answer site YouTell and opinion-based community SodaHead.
You must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook, but many kids bypass that rule, often with help from their parents. That may not be the best idea, according to blog Babysitting Jobs, which offered 10 reasons why parents should not let their preteen offspring have accounts on the social network.
A change in the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) means that children under the age of 13 can be shown ads targeted toward them when they’re online. This could lead to Facebook lowering its age of admission.
If your children are in their early to mid-20s, don’t hold your breath waiting for Facebook friend requests from them. That was just one nugget of information from the Facebook Data Science Team, which analyzed posts on the social network that were anonymized and processed automatically by users who identified themselves as parents or children to get a better sense of how families interact with each other on Facebook.
Facebook has lent its support to a child Internet safety pact signed Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission. The two organizations agreed to continue to make the Internet a safer place for young people — a cause Facebook believes in, too.
Cyber-bullying has become a major problem among teenagers, so many of whom have a presence on Facebook or other social media sites. Secure.me, which works to make social media a safer place, released some tips Monday for parents of teens on Facebook in the spirit of National Bullying Awareness Month, in an effort to prevent them from being cyberbullying targets.