Facebook Redesigns Its Safety Center

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Facebook said today it has introduced a new redesigned Safety Center with new resources aimed at informing parents, educators, teens and members of law enforcement about tools for staying safe on the popular social network.

The new Safety Center now has four times the number of pages focused on safety topics than was previously available.

Facebook worked directly with its Safety Advisory Board on the redesign. The board provided advice on topics to address within the Center, including protections against cyberbullying; how to report a policy violation; and information for educators on using the service.

Elliot-Schrage-Facebook.jpg The Safety Center includes content for parents developed by Common Sense Media, a member of Facebook's Safety Advisory Board, on topics such as "How do I teach my teen to use the Internet wisely?" and "Can I 'friend my teen on Facebook?"

"There's no single answer to making the Internet or Facebook safer," said Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook. "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."

Facebook said it used the European Union's Safer Social Networking Principles, a set of best practices adopted by social networking sites, to shape the new design.

The Facebook Safety Advisory Board consists of five Internet safety organizations. The organizations include Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International, which aims to fight cyberbullying,