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Facebook changes has many concerned about safety

Big changes are coming to your Facebook page and it has some people concerned about safety.

For days we have been hearing about Facebook making a major announcement.

We now know it's a new partnership with popular free video chat application, SKYPE.

With 750-million active Facebook users, you had to see this coming.

Already one of the most popular features on the social network giant is live chatting but for now it's only text.

A partnership just announced with SKYPE and Facebook is about to change that.

Here's how it's reportedly going to work. On your chat box there will be a video button. If one of your friends wants to video chat it will come in like a phone call. You can answer it, or deny it. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he wants it to be as simple as two clicks and your live video chatting.

Considering Facebook's age requirement is just 13 it's understandable for parents to be worried.

"It might in some way worry me because you can't monitor what the conversation might be, what images might show up on the other side of that," said Patty Brown.

It's still unclear how Facebook will run the video chat. Will you have to sign up? Give consent? Or if there will be a new age requirement? All of this will give parents yet another chore of checking on their kids web activity.

"But if he's chatting then I'm not going to know what he's doing, who he's chatting with," said Tonya Schroeder.

There is a positive way to look at all of this, at least if your child thinks they're chatting with a 13 year-old friend they can see that friend and that it's not some creepy 50-year-old sex offender.


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