Facebook and Google help launch online safety platform for teens

Teenagers live online — nearly 58% of teens own smartphones and make up the market’s largest growing sector. However, mobile-crazed teenagers aren’t as unconcerned about online safety as some people think, Mashable reports. Non-profit organization Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) partnered with nine tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Google to build A Platform for Good. The newly launched online resource provides teens, parents and teachers the tools to raise awareness about efficient online safety practices.

“At Facebook, nothing is more important than the safety of the people who use our service,” The Facebook Safety team wrote. “We believe that helping families teach teens digital citizenship skills is a critical and essential part of providing a safe and secure experience online.”

A recent Pew study shows most American teens are already pro-active about what they share on social networks. Nearly 50% of survey participants decided against posting content online because of safety concerns. Teens regularly use privacy settings, selective friending and message controls…

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