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New security changes on Facebook, new risks for teens

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Facebook recently changed their settings making it possible for teenagers 13-to-17 years old to share posts and pictures with the world.

Facebook is trying to hold on to their teen users by giving them a little more freedom.  Now teens can share photos, updates and comments with the public. This change intends to help Facebook compete with other social networks that appeal to younger adults.   

"Instead of everyone wanting to follow, who is going to be the one to step up and make a difference," said parent, Lorrie Lipe.

Other social networks like Twitter and Tumblr do not prevent teens from posting publicly.

Lipe said she thinks this change is a bad idea.

"I'm very disappointed and I don't even go on Facebook anymore, just because I don't trust it anymore," she said.

When teenagers sign up for a Facebook account their posts are only seen by their friends. But now they can change that setting to Public which could mean getting friend requests and messages from people they don't know.

"A lot of people say it's the parent's responsibility, well it is, but unfortunately these days, it takes two and a half incomes to run a household," Lipe said.

Nedra Morrison agrees with Lipe. She said parents must know who their kids are talking to online.

"I think parents and us as adults should supervise the kids to a certain extent," Morrison said. "If you're under 13, teenagers nowadays can get a little wild."

The default option will remain "Friends" and if a teen chooses to change it to "Public" they will receive 2 messages explaining who can now see their profile.

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