Friday, October 22, 2010

Facebook Falls Short When it Comes to Child Predators - Parents, you are the first line of defense

Fox News did an investigation researching how well Facebook handles and blocks child predators.
Once they completed their research, they showed 2 Facebook executives, the screens they found that show predators are getting through to kids.

The researchers found that by entering "PTHC" which is shorthand for Pre Teen Hard Core, they were shown graphic images.

There is a database of words and terms that has been created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  This database can be accessed by programs like Facebook to alert them anytime a cybercreep is using terms or words that are clearly linked to child predator activity.

The Fox News research found child pornography as well.

Facebook committed to reviewing and enhancing their filters.

This is a complex issue and you cannot make Facebook the bad guy here.

You are your kid's first line of defense.  Be active on your kid's page.  Keep their profile secure.  Monitor their wall and friends' list.


"Facebook Falls Short In Blocking Pedophiles", Fox News, October 21, 2010.

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