Facebook Engineer Carlos Bueno does more than work on the world’s largest social network. Bueno is the author of Lauren Ipsum, a novel about computer science and critical thinking, aimed at kids, and the book is being used in classrooms worldwide.
Bullying continues to be an issue on Facebook, despite the social network’s efforts to quell it, as 89 percent of respondents to a study by McAfee between the ages of 10 and 23 said they have witnessed “mean behavior” on the social network.
Nearly twice as many attempts by kids to circumvent the parental controls of users of Kaspersky Lab’s products were aimed at Facebook and other social networks in May than at pornography sites, the Internet security firm reported.
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.
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.