Facebook has created an online resource centre for teenagers to try and teach them how best to use the site, including advice on taking a break from social media.
It also focuses on how to avoid the potential dangers of social media, such as talking to strangers.
Dubbed the Youth Portal, the tool is intended to give teens tips and tricks so that they can better understand how to control their Facebook settings, like determining who is allowed to see certain posts.
The portal also aims to aid them in learning how other teenagers use Facebook to raise awareness about humanitarian issues.
The move is likely a reaction to the social network’s need to better protect children to comply with new EU laws, which prohibit the collection of certain types of data from children.
Facebook’s, Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, said in an official post that the Youth Portal focuses on four main aspects, the first of which is education.
“[It offers teens] information on how to get the most out of products like Pages, Groups, Events, and Profile, while staying safe. Plus, information on the types of data Facebook collects and how we use it,” she said.
There’s also Peer Voices, which comprises first person accounts from teens around the world about how they are using technology in new and creative ways, as well as tips on things like security, reporting content, and deciding who can see what you share.
Teens can also “find advice on what to do if you need a social media break, and some guidelines for how to get the most out of the internet”, Davis added.
But is the portal enough, and will teenagers even use it?
Whether or not teens take to the new Facebook features remains to be seen[/caption]
Facebook is regularly met with criticism regarding how easily it allows underage children to access the world of social media.
Last month, the social network giant announced some plans to stop kids illegally handing over their personal info online, and they weren’t exactly earth shattering.
Right now, only minors aged 13 and over are technically allowed on Facebook – although the company has no way of checking this.
Facebook also lets youngsters aged between 13 and 15 (and potentially even younger) upload all manner of personal details.
These can include highly sensitive info like their political views and details about their sexuality.
But from 25 May, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation means Facebook will need parental permission to hoover up certain data on children.
So in response to this Facebook announced some pretty rubbish plans.
The social media site claimed it will make sure it gets parental permission for kids on the site, despite the company having no real way of verifying whether the people giving permission are actually parents or guardians.
Users simply select one of their Facebook friends or enter an email address for their “parent”.
That chosen “parent” then gives permission for their “child” to share sensitive information.
Facebook is then blindly accepting that this person was their parent.
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But a child could simply choose one of their friends – or even a fake email address – to verify them.
That means they could easily get access to the full version of Facebook and hand over sensitive data.
This would mean Facebook would potentially be breaching the EU’s GDPR law by collecting sensitive info on kids without proper parental permission.