And how will the button change anything?
So supposedly this is being brought in due to the murder of a 17 year old girl who met her murderer on Facebook.
Now let's say we could go back in time and put this panic button on Ashleigh Hall's facebook page... How exactly would that have prevented her murder?
Would it have stopped her from meeting up with the guy who became her murderer?
Given they were meeting up in secret, I don't think it's likely that she would have clicked the button herself.
Was the button gonna jump off the screen and come to her aid?
Oh and apparently she spoke to this person on MSN. And they might even have called or texted each other.
So we should have panic buttons for both of those too... since buttons, electronic or otherwise, have always been the things that prevented crime.
From where I sit, this button will do a whole lot of nothing... unlike educating young people about managing risk and how to mitigate your risk... like meeting someone for the first time in a public place... preferably with some friends around. *That* would likely have prevented her murder.
Now in the Telegraph article it states "“It's not Ashleigh's fault what happened. All we can do as parents is try to and get across to them that there are two sides to the internet.”
I vehemently disagree. She wasn't exactly doing something smart my meeting a total stranger in secret and somewhere private. She absolutely bore *some* responsibility in regard to her fate.
And anyone who thinks a button on a web page would have made a whit of a difference needs to get a clue.
If Jim Gamble truly believes that this button will do more than just be political window dressing that will achieve nothing, then he is definitely one of the more clueless people out there.