PALM DESERT, Calif. -

The next time your children sign on to Facebook, you might be surprised at what they will see. The company announced its decision to allow violent content--such as beheadings--to be published. Some parents don't approve of Facebook's new policy.

"I think it's awful," said parent, Jeanine Goodman. "I mean why would they do that."

Facebook says the intent of its new policy is not to celebrate violence, but to raise awareness. 

"Well we try to protect our children and when they have access to the internet and Facebook and all these gross tech things I don't feel very comfortable at all with it," said parent, Jim Madala. 

To justify the change in policy, Facebook issued a statement saying, "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. So, starting today, people aged 13 through 17 will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook."

In order for teens to share their information publicly, they will have to change their privacy settings from the default "friends" setting to "public." When they do this, Facebook will issue a pop up warning reminding the user they are sharing information publicly. 

"I think one of the important things that people need to remember is if you would be embarrassed for your parents or your children--depending on your age--or your grandparents to see what you've posted or pictures you put out there than you probably shouldn't do it," said Christopher's Clubhouse founder, Mika Moulton.