Facebook has seen strong growth among teenagers in recent years, leading to the company to make child-safety issues more of a focus. It has now formalized some of its efforts in this area by creating a “Safety Advisory Board” currently comprised of five online safety organizations from North America and Europe. Members include Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, Childnet International, The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and WiredSafety, although the company may add more as it continues to expand around the world.
The first agenda item for the board is “an overhaul of the safety content located in Facebook’s Help Center” to provide more content for teens and their parents and teachers, according to press release. Note that Facebook doesn’t allow users under the age of 13 on the site, so we expect the new content to have a high school focus.
Facebook has been getting child-safety input from some of these organizations for years, and it has also been working with law enforcement to go after threats (it recently worked with the New York state attorney general to ban thousands of convicted sex offenders, for example). We’ll let you know as the new Safety Advisory Board recommends any new policies or releases any new material.