I think it’s safe to say that everyone in this class has, or at one point, had a Facebook account. I also think that all of us have been told by either our parents or some other authority figure, “Make sure nothing bad ends up on your Facebook page, you don’t know who can see that.” And as teenagers, we ignored them and thought that no one besides our friends could possibly see all our information on our profile. However, we could not have been more wrong. As Facebook kept growing, it became more and more difficult to fully secure your profile. Profile privacy is a very big concern, especially with people joining Facebook at a younger age. In response, Facebook is taking steps to educate its users on how to properly use the site’s privacy settings and prevent unwanted users from seeing your profile.
Facebook is teaming up with the National Association of Attorneys General to create informational webpages and videos that aim to educate kids and their parents about profile privacy. These videos will be promoted on Facebook as well as other informational websites. There will also be a separate Facebook page where Facebook’s safety team will answer any questions about security on the site. I believe Facebook is headed in the right direction and should continue to spread the word to all of its users about how to protect their profiles.
One question that arises from this, is whether or not the younger members of Facebook will care enough protect their profile. Teens believe they are indestructible and often think nothing bad will ever happen to them. However, profile security is a huge issue and it needs to be handled correctly. I think that Facebook is smart by trying to educate the parents of the children as well as the children themselves. However, not all parents are technologically savvy enough to help their kids protect their profiles, therefore all the burden falls on the kids. I believe that Facebook definitely has the resources to make kids aware of how big a problem profile privacy is but they have to reach them from the beginning. As soon as they sign up for Facebook, they should have to watch a video describing how to protect their profile in order to activate their account. People will start protecting their profile if they realize how much of an issue it is, and I think Facebook is doing a good job of trying to raise the awareness level for its users.
Here’s a link if you want to read more about this topic. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-state-attorneys-general-team-educate-teens-parents/story?id=18951226#.UW3wMrWyCSo