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Major Social Networking Sites Slammed For Not Doing Enough To Protect Children

Major social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook have drawn criticism from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre which has lashed out at them for not adding the CEOP help button on their web pages.

Jim Gamble, head of CEOP said that it’s about time that the social networking sites signed up for the free online safety button to ensure a safe environment for children and teenagers.

Gamble, who has been trying to convince the social networking giants for years, said that all the sites care about is their revenue generated from advertising and are worried that the button will take up precious advertisement space. Commenting on the size of the button, he added that the button is tiny and will not take up much space.

It is important to note that Bebo, a leading social networking site has already installed the ‘report abuse’ button yesterday. The President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde, has also applauded Bebo’s decision to embed the safety button calling it a responsible decision.

The special help button, which will be monitored by CEOP, will allow the user to contact specially trained CEOP officers for advice. The button will also provide details of local police and links to other sources of help including Childline.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.