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Commissioner urges caution for youth on social media

Dougherty County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Gloria Gaines Dougherty County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Gloria Gaines
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Recent changes to a social media giant's privacy settings has some elected officials stepping in for the site's youngest users.

 Fayette County Commissioners approved a resolution last week asking Facebook not to allow users between the ages of 13-to-17 to allow public access to a user's portfolio.

Dougherty County leaders say they haven't considered stepping in, but are urging parents to be aware of their child's online activity.

"We have not heard from our parents here, but certainly if parents have some concerns and would like us to weigh in on it, I encourage them to come before the commission and state their case as parents," said Dougherty County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Gloria Gaines.

Gaines says she's not sure if other groups in the country are making appeals against Facebook, and says she doesn't know what impact a resolution would have.

She says the company is likely responding to market forces, but says county leaders are always open to hear from parents.

 

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