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Facebook Relaxes Privacy Settings for Teens
COLUMBUS (Jen French/Ken Hines) -- In a move that has sparked concern among parents, Facebook has relaxed privacy settings for teens.
For the first time, users between the ages of 13 and 17 will have the option to allow their posts to be viewed by all who visit their pages.
On Facebooks site, company spokespeople say the change will allow underage users to connect with a wider array of people while trying to become involved in civic engagement or activism.
Company officials have urged parents to encourage their children to engage in appropriate activity when using the site.
Don Stanko, president of the group, Digital Danger, is concerned that predators will attempt to take advantage of the increased access to teens' accounts.
"If someone pops up on their friends list, and you don't know who it is and the child's never met them before -- I mean, that's a stranger," Stanko said. "That's somebody who shouldn't be having access to that child's personal information."