Social media gets the blame for a lot of things — cyber-bullying, the rise of the selfie, hashtag-shaped potato snacks (really, Birds Eye? Really?), and the popularity of Justin Bieber. When something happens that embarrasses or concerns today’s society, Facebook is often the scapegoat.
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler briefed the state’s school district superintendents on the Educator Escalation Channel, an initiative with Facebook to help eliminate bullying on the social network.
The words “back to school” make some kids even more unhappy than others, as returning to the classroom often coincides with returning to being the victim of bullying, and a recent study by McAfee found that Facebook is the most prominent vehicle of the cyber form of such behavior.
According to published reports, Facebook is testing technology aimed at scrapping its oft-ignored minimum age of 13 and allowing younger kids to join the social network, albeit with parental supervision.
Only about half of all parents are aware of cyberbullying incidents involving their children, in part because more kids are accessing Facebook using chat applications and cell phones away from their family.
Facebook and Time Warner continue their partnership to end bullying with the launch of new application.
Facebook shut down a page after receiving complaints from a New York school that it hosted multiple instances of cyber bullying.
Police in London say there have been more than 100,000 crimes linked to Facebook in the past five years – with 7, 545 calls from the public concerned about the social networking site just this year.