Facebook says it will beef up efforts to curb bullying on its site starting today as police, parents and educators sound greater alarm over the unmonitored and sometimes dangerous interactions among teenagers on social-media networks, the Washington Post reports. The company will make it easier for teens to contact an adult on the site when they feel bullied, and it will release talking points and guides for teens, parents and educators to deal with harassment.
The anti-bullying effort does not apply to Instagram, Facebook's photo-sharing app, which has been embraced by many young people, some under the minimum entry age of 13. Privacy and child advocates want more attention to safety on Instagram and have criticized Facebook for having separate guidelines for the two sites. Harsh comments, threats and embarrassing photos shared on Instagram have spurred many incidents, say law enforcement officials and educators. The company said the two businesses function differently. The new Bullying Prevention Hub has been developed specifically for Facebook.