Contrary to popular belief, there is still a substantial teen population on Facebook, and the social network teamed up with Canadian nonprofit organization MediaSmarts on “Think Before You Share,” a guide and tip sheet aimed at helping Facebook’s younger users decide what to share or not share online.
Facebook Wednesday published a valuable resource to help parents and educators guide teens through the online world, the Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide.
Facebook is doing its part for suicide prevention month in September by sharing an infographic detailing how its users can quickly access resources or submit reports to the social network about friends under duress, and running a public-service announcement across Facebook for the rest of the month directing its users to the infographic.
Facebook has come under fire recently, as several advertisers pulled their campaigns in light of pages promoting hate speech against women on the site. The company responded to this criticism Tuesday, saying that Facebook will start working harder to prevent those kinds of posts and pages from coming to light. Facebook will work with legal experts, as well as women’s rights groups, to better train the teams that deal with feedback on these issues, and it will open up the lines of communication with groups that have faced discrimination.
Facebook continues to look out for its users who are part of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, using a post on its Facebook Safety page to promote “What LGBT Communities Should Know About Online Safety,” a tip sheet from the LGBT Technology Partnership, Stop Think Connect, and the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Facebook launched another initiative aimed at keeping teens safe on the social network, teaming up with the National Association of Attorneys General on a consumer-education program aimed at teens and their parents, elements of which will be hosted on the Facebook Safety page.
With testing of Facebook’s new graph search feature in full swing, the social network took steps to reassure parents of teens that their children are not at risk, outlining steps that were taken to protect users aged 13 to 17.
Facebook’s trademark color has always been (and will likely always be) blue. However, on Friday, the social network will turn select national pages purple as it joins Tumblr and Yahoo in support of gay youth on Spirit Day.