In the wake of high profile cyber-bullying cases — such as the one that led to a teenage suicide in 2006 — social networking sites have been tightening the belt on Internet security. Pushing itself to the forefront, Facebook has overhauled its Safety Center with descriptive information for teens, parents, law enforcement officials, educators and general users to help protect themselves against scammers, bullies and other riffraff.
“There’s no single answer to making the Internet or Facebook safer. That’s why we’re introducing new tools and advice for parents, educators and teens. We want our approach for improving safety to be as simple, easy and effective as our approach to improving Facebook’s user experience. Our Safety Advisory Board has been a tremendous resource in developing this next generation of safety resources and offering us ideas for new initiatives. Going forward, you’ll see even more powerful — and simpler — safety innovations coming from Facebook,” said Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, in a statement.