Teens and Preteens in the UK who are using MSN Messenger to chat with friends will soon be able to report those they suspect to be sexual predators directly to authorities thanks to Microsoft, who has teamed with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
While the intentions of Microsoft may be admirable, several individuals are expressing concern, that this might not have been such a wise move for Microsoft. Hopefully the new feature will not be abused.
Elinor Mills reporter of CNET News.com says, “Users of Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger in the United Kingdom can click a new button in the chat application to contact police with reports of suspicious behavior and instances of inappropriate sexual conduct online.”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “one out of every five children ages 10 to 17 receives sexual solicitations online.”
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