ABC 22 News Team
- Alexandra Lewis
- Amber Watson
- Chelby Kosto
- Elyse Coulter
- Hilary Zalla
- Kristine Frazao
- Liza Danver
- Nicole Grigg
- Rhonda Moore
- Sheila Gray
- Wale Aliyu
- James Rider
Low: 9 Winds: WSW 5-10 mph
Tomorrow: Partly Cloudy w/ Light P.M. Snow in the North & Flurries Elsewhere.
High: 26 Winds: W 10-15 mph
Thursday: More ...
DAYTON -- New changes for Facebook that could make your child more vulnerable to online bullies and even predators.
Facebook has relaxed the privacy settings for teen users. Until now, teens could only share posts with friends and family members. But for the first time ever Wednesday, their posts are now allowed to be public for anyone to view.
In an effort to compete with other social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram, and attract more advertisers, Facebook is changing the rules regarding privacy. Users under 18 can now share comments, pictures and status updates with the general public.
"That's not very good. I don't think they should be allowed to do that," said Carl Francis of Dayton.
Until now, Facebook didn't let teens make their privacy settings public, a precautionary measure that Facebook decided to get rid of. Now teens can change their settings to public allowing anyone to see everything they do on Facebook without even being their friend.
"It's very concerning. I want her safe when she's on the computer," said Kathy Fiske, a mother from Dayton.
Having public data on teens will make Facebook more appealing to advertisers. But it'll also make it easier for sexual predators and bullies to target teens.
"Seventy percent of teenagers will be bullied online to some degree," said University of Dayton Social Media Expert Art Jipson.
A public profile also means teens can get messages and friend requests from complete strangers. To make sure your child's page stays private go to privacy settings and click on Friends Only. Also be careful with status updates. That's a separate opportunity to make a post public. More sure the little drop down box says friends.
"The real lesson here is to think before you post and go in a check your settings," Jipson said.
About 94 percent of teen social media users have a Facebook page. Even after you make sure your teen's page is private, experts say it's still important to talk to them about what is appropriate to post online.
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Social networking giant Facebook says it will now allow teens 13-17 share posts with everyone on the Internet.
Fox News is reporting that the new policy will give teens the choice of switching their settings so their posts can be accessible to the public. That option already has been available to adults, including users who are 18 or 19. But it means teenagers may be potentially more exposed to online abuse.
"The default [for teenagers] is not public, and when a teenager changes it, there's what I call a 'teachable moment'," said Hemu Nigam, the former chief security officer for MySpace.com. "The company reminds you that you are about to go public and it is at this point where Facebook can take an opportunity to remind a teenager to think twice before posting."
In a blog post, Fox is reporting, Facebook said it decided to revise its privacy rules to make its service more enjoyable for teens and to provide them with a more powerful megaphone when they believe they have an important point to make or a cause to support.
"Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard," Facebook wrote.
The change is likely to open up a new source of revenues for advertisers, Nigam said.
Fox News says Facebook doesn't allow children under 13 to set up accounts on its service, although Facebook cannot easily verify users' ages and many children have circumvented that policy by claiming to be older.
Source: Fox News
Chefs CornerWe often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes. Watch those video segments on this page.
Pay It ForwardRiver Valley Credit Union, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
Health Care ReformThe Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
Secrets Of A ThiefWe expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
Cool SchoolsOur children are the way of the future and it all starts with our schools. Join us as our Hilary Zalla goes inside schools around the Miami Valley to find out what cool things students and teachers are ...
Town HallJoin in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
No Text ZoneTexting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
Washington TimesPolitics, Breaking News, US and World News.
On Time TrafficGet the latest traffic information and updates here!
See It, Shoot It, Send ItDid you catch that incredible sunset? Have a photo for your adorable child or pet? Snap a picture of breaking news? Share it with us!
School ClosingsGet the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
Save Local TVFind out how you can save local TV right here!
Raw NewsWatch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
Pump PatrolFind the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
Political PulseArmstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
News LinksThese links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
Menard's Around the HouseMenards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
On the MoveGet the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
Good MorningIt's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
Top StoriesGet up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
Your Voice. Your Future.As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
Waste WatchHow are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
Asia stocks down on prospect of Fed stimulus cut
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly down today as investors factored in the prospect of the Federal Reserve reducing its lavish monetary stimulus this month.
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a Hyundai Elantra recall should be expanded.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a Recall Query to determine if 52,000 Elantra Touring cars from the 2009 through 2012 model years should be recalled. ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Shelton won't get his fourth win on "The Voice" -- at least not this season.
NO HASH BROWNS-911
PHOENIX (AP) -- 911 -- what's your emergency?
IN THE NEWS: CONGRESS HOLDS HEARING ON INTERNET GAMBLING
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- There are different sides of the online gambling debate.
Tonight on ABC 22
6:30 pm ..... ABC World News
7:00 pm ..... Family Feud
7:30 pm ..... Family Feud
8:00 pm ..... The Middle
8:30 pm ..... Back in the Game
9:00 pm ..... Modern Family
9:30 pm ..... Super Fun Night
10:00 pm ... Nashville
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... Jimmy Kimmel Live
12:30 am ... Nightline