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Facebook asked to add ‘Panic Button’ on its pages for the safety of children

UK-based The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has asked social networking site Facebook to add to its pages a child safety ‘panic button’ that will guide users, especially children, on how to handle cyber bullying and inappropriate sexual behaviour.

UK-based The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has asked social networking site Facebook to add to its pages a child safety ‘panic button’ that will guide users, especially children, on how to handle cyber bullying and inappropriate sexual behaviour.

According to Jim Gamble, director, CEOP, the issue of installing panic button has become an urgent one, especially after the murder of 17-year-old student Ashleigh Hall in October 2009 by Peter Chapman, a man she met via the social networking site.

In March 2010, Peter Chapman, 33, was jailed for at least 35 years for killing the teenager, who he had raped, suffocated and dumped her body in a field. According to reports, Ashleigh Hall met the man, who called himself Peter Cartwright, on Facebook.

“The safety of Facebook users is the top priority for the company, which is why we have invested in the most robust reporting system to support our 300 million users,” Facebook has said. “We also work closely with police forces in the UK and around the world to create a safe environment. Our teams are manned by trained staff in two continents giving 24-hour support in 70 languages.”

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