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Facebook creates board to improve online safety

Safety Advisory Board to educate social networkers

Facebook is creating a new board tasked with educating social networkers about online safety.

Online safety organisations Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and The Family Online Safety Institute have all joined the Safety Advisory Board, according to Facebook.

Safety issues for Facebook users include cyberbullying and phishing.

One of the board's first projects will be to revamp the security section on Facebook's help site.

The updated section will be more comprehensive and include content tailored for parents, teachers and teens, Facebook's director of European public policy, Richard Allan, said in a blog.

Facebook isn't elaborating on when the new content will be ready.

Improving safety online is a group effort, according to Allan.

It requires diligence from everyone who's online or on Facebook - whether by reporting abusive behavior or making sure account passwords are kept secure, he said.

Working together is an important part of improving online safety, agrees Will Gardner, CEO at Childnet International.

"From our point of view, it is a great opportunity to influence one of the biggest social networking sites," he said.

However, Gardner doesn't want to comment on how Facebook's safety features and information on safety issues can be improved.

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