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Graeme Stirling

E Tenebris Lux (From the darkness, light)

In March I blogged about a film called Shank; a controversial movie addressing issues of gang violence and how to react to it.

The characters have to decide how to respond when one of them is killed, and despite their initial instinct for revenge, they eventually decide to walk away.

Together we can stop knife crime

Count Us In

The film was well received by critics (see The Independent’s review here) and received a seal of approval from the Damilola Taylor Trust.

TenNine had been asked to carry posters for the cinema release of the film, which we did as we felt it complemented the other campaigns against knives and violence we had carried this academic year.

Who ate all the the humble pies?

Another day eating humble pie over at Facebook central!

According to early reports hitting the UK news wires, after eight months of saying the CEOP panic button is unnecessary, Facebook have made a complete climbdown and the button will now appear on user profile pages.

It’s not clear so far what timelines they will work to, but Talking to Youth is happy that adding its voice to those of every Police Force in Great Britain, the UK Government, CEOP and many hundreds of thousands of concerned parents has helped in some way to get Facebook to examine their priorities and make the necessary changes.

“Extremely humbling”

Finally some positive news from our friends over the pond at Facebook following what their top brass have referred to as an ‘extremely humbling’ few weeks.

New improved and, more importantly, simpler privacy options are to be rolled out, so users will no longer have to wrestle with the 50 different privacy settings and 170 options currently baffling anyone trying to protect their data.

But crucially it’s still not clear if this means the sale of personal data without reference to the user has stopped outright, or if it just gives the originator of the data the option to not have it sold on by selecting the right privacy settings.  If it is still an opt-out option hidden behind a flummery of complex settings, Facebook may still have some way to go.

Facebook to bolt stable door… maybe

It’s good to see that Facebook staff are apparently sitting down today to finally get to grips with privacy issues.  Everyone’s privacy should be taken seriously, but when millions of teenagers and children are involved, security becomes absolutely essential.

I blogged here about the Facebook’s baffling refusal to include the CEOPS panic button, despite the request from all UK police forces.  That attitude, the software flaw that allowed access to contact details (since fixed) and now the giving to third party websites of permission to post users’ views without their specific consent, all betray a complete failure of the security responsibilities of Facebook to keep up with its data-sharing culture.

Facebook pressing all the wrong buttons

Facebook needs a Click CEOP buttonAt TenNine we always put youth safety above any other concern, and I’m certain all of our peers in UK Youth Marketing do the same.  So the current ‘Facebook concedes online safety demands’ story didn’t just catch my eye, I can only say I am utterly astonished at Facebook’s position.

Shank: making a point

The shocking events at London’s Victoria station last Thursday, when a teenager was murdered by a large group of youths appearing to be a school gang, shows that the level of knife crime among young people is clearly as rife as ever.

The government and charities have been very forward thinking and established several anti-knife and anti-violence initiatives, with sites like  www.itdoesnthavetohappen.co.uk and www.cybermentors.org offering young people places to seek help and advice.  Both were promoted through the Ten Nine networks of secondary schools and youth centres to place the messages directly into young people’s minds, using posters and clings.  The launch of the government campaign focusing on abuse in teenage relationships was also communicated direct to its 13-18 year old target audience with posters and postcards in youth centres and schools.