Laurie Moylan, Meta's director of public policy, talks about the safety of social media

Laurie Moylan, Meta’s director of public policy, talks about the safety of social media

Laurie Moylan, Director of Public Policy, Meta

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Laurie Moylan Friday joined Dano at the Capital Chat to talk about Internet safety for young people.

Moylan said how to start the conversation.

“I would encourage all parents to know that it should be a constant dialogue with your teenage children. They do not always understand that the Internet is forever true and that words written on screen can really hurt someone’s feelings. So make sure you have that constant dialogue with them and check It’s in a friendly, not judgmental way. That really respects the role that you know technology will play in their lives in the future. Then this is the best place to start.”

It’s the teenage years, she said, that’s where important habits are formed.

“The teenage years are incredibly formative for the habits you’ll have in adulthood. Right? And we definitely know that as adults, we’re on our computers all the time, right? We’re on our phones all the time, whether it’s for work or for catching up with friends. And the family that we don’t see all the time. And now is the time you really know to talk to your kids and make sure they learn those healthy habits they’ll need when they’re adults. I have four kids who are two teens and they have phones, tablets, and laptops. So yeah sure there’s a lot To think about it to make sure your kids are learning the healthy habits they will need to know to follow them online into adulthood.”

Moylan commented on new tools that parents can use to control their children’s screen exposure.

“We recently introduced some new tools to help you start these conversations and give parents more control and visibility into the things their kids do on our apps. So things like helping them set screen time limits on Instagram, right? So they just use the app. Certain times. I know that when my kids go to bed I just like to take the phone away at the end of the night. But some parents also use screen time limits to turn it off and make sure they don’t access Instagram, you know, text their friends all night, when They should go back to school. This is something that adults can face as well. I think it’s important to make sure that we teach our children that we are both examples. We also help them use kinds of tools like screen time limits so they can make sure they have some kind of An appropriate balance between the time they spend online and the time they spend during other activities.”

It’s not just about how much time kids spend online, Moylan said, it’s also about what they do while they’re online.

“It’s not just about the amount of time your kids spend online, right? It’s also about the quality. So one of the features we’ve also introduced in our latest version is the parental control center type. It’s an option if your teen reports someone for something like Bullying or harassing on Instagram, and they can share this with you so you can see that they reported someone. This is a really great way to start a conversation with your child, right? They might not necessarily feel comfortable coming over and it’s up to you and start a conversation themselves. By saying, he said My friends at school mean something to me online. They can notify their parents so their parents can see that they read this report against another account. It gives the parent the opportunity to start that conversation.”

Moylan explained how the Meta handles posts that violate the Community Standards.

“For certain types of content, like certain types of things that violate our Community Standards, we can actually use machine learning to identify and remove it. Usually, before people see it. So one great example of that is images that contain nudity. That is The thing that is easy to train on a machine, and an algorithm to look at, understand that it’s nudity and remove it before people see it. For the more difficult stuff, where we can’t be confident that machine learning will work, because we obviously don’t want to remove content that deserves to be there On the platform. So for the more complex stuff than that, yeah, we have people. We have hundreds and hundreds of reviewers, frontline reviewers who saw the post first if they had difficulty escalate it to moderators above them. It’s a comprehensive process and it can be an intense process to make sure that we We make those decisions right.Obviously, if we get a wro ng decision or you feel we made a wrong decision, there is an appeal option, right?If your content has been removed and you think we made a wrong decision, you can always his appeal.”

Moylan pointed parents in the right direction to parental control.

“If you go to familycenter.instagram.com. We have a lot of resources out there to tell you more about the parental controls we offer. We just discussed a lot of them, plus an education center with loads of reading material and stuff designed for teens, parents, and teachers. Where to explore topics like Security and privacy, right? What kinds of privacy features should I make sure my account has? Right? How do I make sure people don’t come to hack my accounts or that people I don’t want to follow may start following me, things like how to block bullying There are a lot of great resources for parents and teens to go to so they can make sure they want again to learn those healthy habits online early on.”


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