Young users of social networking platform Facebook in the UK are being encouraged by UK police to install a 'panic button' created specially for the platform.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) button allows parents and children to report inappropriate or offensive material on the platform. They can also use it to access counselling from trained CEOP representatives.
The CEOP button has been developed as a Facebook app that young users will have to manually install - in contrast to the ever-present panic buttons used by other popular social networking platform such as Bebo.
Local UK newspaper The Goole Courier reports that police in both Humberside and Sussex have praised the new Facebook CEOP button, and are urging young Facebook users to install it.
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Kerman of Humberside Police said in a statement to The Goole Courier: “If you are a parent on Facebook, add the app and encourage your children to do so too. This will act as a visible deterrent to offenders and result in your child receiving regular online safety tips from CEOP.”