Cops no Facebook fans
LOCAL police are receiving an increasing number of complaints about the popular social networking site Facebook from children as young as 12 years old.
In the last year they have received complaints regarding slander, defamation, harassment, stalking and cyber bullying.
The addictive networking site is designed to be a communication utility for online users to create personal profiles, upload photos and connect with friends, however for some it has become a virtual nightmare which leads to legal action.
Mossman Senior Constable Peter Hornsby contacted the Gazette this week to try and stem the flow of complaints about the site.
“We are getting an increase of complaints from parents and other online users about the site,” he said.
“It is important for people to be aware of what they publish online because once it is there everyone can see it.
“It is not to be used to spread negative or derogatory messages about people.
“If people are going to use these sites they need to use them responsibly because it can turn into a civil matter, they can be banned from the site or police can take action under the Commonwealth legislation.”
Port Douglas Officer-inCharge Sergeant Damian Meadows is concerned online users are not thinking about their actions before posting the information online.
“The worst thing is, particu- larly with young people, they don’t think about the ’comments’ they make and how they can affect other people when they are posted online,” he said.
“Facebook users need to be aware of the information they post online, check their security settings and use the site responsibly,” Snr Const Hornsby said.
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