heasulli's daily diigo bookmarks 05/10/2008

  • tags: edtech

    • Facebook, the world’s second-largest social-networking web site, will add more than 40 new safeguards to protect students and other users from sexual predators and cyber bullies, attorneys general from several states said May 8.
    • The changes include banning convicted sex offenders from the site, limiting older users’ ability to search online for subscribers under 18, and building a task force seeking ways to better verify users’ ages and identities.
    • Officials from Washington, D.C., and 49 states have signed on.
    • Texas has not endorsed this agreement or a similar one reached in January among the other states, the District of Columbia, and MySpace. Texas officials have said they want quicker action on verifying users’ ages and identities than the pacts guarantee.
    • Among other changes, Facebook has agreed to:

      • Ensure that companies offering services on its site comply with its safety and privacy guidelines.
      • Keep tobacco and alcohol ads from users too young to purchase those products.
      • Remove groups whose comments or images suggest they involve incest, pedophilia, bullying, or other inappropriate content.
      • Send warning messages when a child is in danger of giving personal information to an adult.
      • Review users’ profiles when they ask to change their age, ensuring the update is legitimate and not intended to let adults masquerade as children.

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