Since social networking sites are here to stay, parents will be wise to work with their kids to help them make good choices when it comes to interacting with friends and also strangers on these sites. To suggest that kids should never enter into discussions with those whom they do not know might be sage advice, but it is entirely unrealistic. To this end, parents applaud the new Internet safety policies on Facebook, especially since the site is seriously seeking to eliminate objectionable content and also posters.
One of the new Internet safety policies on Facebook that is applauded by parents is the idea of resolving a complaint made within 72 hours; this includes the receipt of the initial complaint, the acknowledgment of the complaint to the maker, the review of the offending link, a resolution with the other party, and then a reporting back to the maker of the complaint. This kind of speed is unheard of in the industry and has garnered Facebook a lot of fans in the parent community.
Of course, the whole success of this approach depends on the child using Facebook actually initiating the complaint, or giving a parent the heads up to do so, and this might not always be a realistic expectation. Although parents applaud the new Internet safety policies on Facebook, they sometimes fail to realize that children are hesitant to report someone, fearing either retaliation, alienation of friends, or simply being perceived as being â€œuncool.â€ It is therefore vital for parents to not let up with their training about Internet safety!