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Facebook, PTA partner to teach kids Web safety

Jenna Johnson

Oh, teenagers. You thought you were so sneaky: Agreeing to friend your parents on Facebook, but then changing your privacy settings so they cannot see all of your party pics or that video of you making a destructive decision.

Well, look out, your parents might soon get more Web savvy. (And, seriously, it's for your own good.)

Facebook and the PTA announced Thursday that they are teaming up to teach parents from all walks of life about Internet safety. The PTA will use its Web site to share teaching materials with its 26,000 affiliates across the country. Facebook plans to dedicate $1 million worth of ads to help promote the resources.

Since the partnership is new, it's unknown what sort of information will be available. But officials from the six-year-old Web site and the 114-year-old organization say they hope to educate parents on a number of safety issues, plus topics like cyberbullying.

Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan said this could give parents one easy place to go for information about Internet safety that can help guide their family decisions.

"I don't think it's our job to tell people their approach to parenting. It's our job to give them the tools," he said in an interview.

Guiding the project is Facebook's Safety Advisory Board, made up of five Internet safety organizations: Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, WiredSafety, Childnet International and the Family Online Safety Institute.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  June 10, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Networking  | Tags: Facebook, Facebook safety, PTA  
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