Kids Exposed To Porn
On Facebook

If you logged into Facebook in the last day or two, you might have seen some things you didn't expect, including pornographic images and violent photos.

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Dead dog, nasty Bieber and naked grandma

Many Facebook users checked their feed on Monday night only to find Photoshopped pictures of celebrities in sexual positions, hardcore pornographic photos and other extremely graphic images including a horrifying picture of a bloody, beaten dog. Facebook says a hack exploited some browsers, causing the flood of graphic content that spread across the popular social networking site in the last couple of days.

"I saw a dead dog, Justin Bieber [performing a sex act] and a naked grandma," said one Facebook user. "Time to delete Facebook."

Facebook's security team went to work to identify the cause and eliminate the issues. By Tuesday afternoon, they reportedly had eliminated most of the spam.

"During this spam attack, users were tricked into pasting and executing malicious javascript in their browser URL bar causing them to unknowingly share this offensive content," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes explained in a statement. "Our engineers have been working diligently on this self-XSS vulnerability in the browser."

Facebook encouraged users to never copy and paste unknown code into their browsers and to always "Report" suspicious links and activity on Facebook. During the spam attack many users had been just commenting on the photos, rather than reporting them.

With more and more occurrences like this one taking place, many parents are concerned about their tweens and teens visiting social networking sites.

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Social networking safety

Though it's impossible to keep tweens and teens away from social networking these days, you should make them aware of the consequences of social media.

"Recognize that social media is still a media in its infancy. And what's happening now is exactly what has happened in the TV industry and it's fantastic news for our children," explains Mary Kay Hoal, founder and president of Yoursphere Media Inc., mother of five and nationally recognized expert on children's online safety.

"There used to be only ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, then along came cable where suddenly kids could enjoy programming just for them like the Disney or Nickelodeon channels, for instance. The same has happened in social media. Networks made specifically for your children like Yoursphere.com offer kid-specific activities and age appropriate content.

"An early education helps prepare our children and teens for what they are exposed to in adult-intended social networks like Facebook."

"Social networks like Yoursphere give kids the education they need -- such as what information is not okay to share, what constitutes cyberbullying and how to deal with bullies, for example. An early education helps prepare our children and teens for what they are exposed to in adult-intended social networks like Facebook.

"We're also recognizing that instances such as the Facebook porn/spam attack are, simply put, problems for children. Like other industries before us, there are certain safeguards that absolutely must be taken for the well-being of our kids. For example, the automotive industry and consumers learned that we need to wear seat belts, and teens need to be restricted once given their license, specific to the age of passengers in the car. The health industry and consumers learned the importance of safe sex to help prevent the spread of aids, and of course we've all learned that smoking can cause cancer. Now with social media and children, solutions are available that are designed to give our kids all the best of social media with a digital version of a seat belt!"

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Was you child's Facebook page spammed with porn or other inappropriate pictures?

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