Last week a look at social networking U13s on Facebook in the US; this week, a fascinating, more in-depth look at Europe, thanks to the thorough, recently released pan-European research of EU Kids Online. Though there's a lot of variation country by country, European youth as a whole are just as avid a group of online social networkers as American kids and teens are, if not more so. Among … [Read more...] about Kids’ & teens’ social networking in Europe
It looks like the European Commission will be adding teeth to its interaction with social media companies such as Facebook, whether or not they're headquartered in Europe. In a speech to the European Parliament, the EU justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, warned that "a US-based social network company that has millions of active users in Europe needs to comply with EU rules," according to The … [Read more...] about Europe getting tougher on social sites?
This wouldn't be a bad media literacy lesson! I had to click from CNN to Fast Company to AllFacebook.com to get to the original coverage in Australia's Daily Telegraph, which reported that "about 20,000 children are kicked off Facebook every day for lying about their age" (language that oddly suggests punishment). The Daily Telegraph was basing its lede on a statement made by Facebook adviser and … [Read more...] about Facebook deletes ‘thousands of U13 accounts a day’
This makes sense – to extend the reach of missing-child alerts into social media. "Amber Alerts for missing children are now available as a news feed on Facebook," the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced today (here's coverage in WashingtonPost.com). It's really a sign of the times: Since people are now spending more time online than they are watching TV, according to a … [Read more...] about Amber Alerts on Facebook now
This is great, an early sign of the Internet industry's piece of OS 3.0: what the popular teen social site MyYearbook.com is doing for Reachout.com, a nonprofit support and suicide-prevention site for teens on the social Web (it now has a US base too, but since its start in Australia, that country "has seen a 56% reduction in youth suicide rates," the site says). Here's how Reach Out describes … [Read more...] about How the Net industry can help get us all to Online Safety 3.0