New security changes on Facebook, new risks for teens

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

"Instead ofeveryone wanting to follow, who is going to be the one to step up and make adifference," said parent, Lorrie Lipe.

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

Lipesaid she thinks this change is a bad idea.

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

Whenteenagers 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 friendrequests and messages from people they don't know.

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

NedraMorrison agrees with Lipe. She said parents must know who their kids are talking toonline.

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

The defaultoption will remain "Friends" and if a teen chooses tochange it to "Public" they will receive 2 messages explaining whocan now see their profile.

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