Our Complete Guide to Facebook 

What is Facebook?

YouTube is a website designed for sharing video. Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.

Key Features

KeyFeature
Newsfeed

See your friends’ latest activity, videos being viewed within your social network, and advertisements.

KeyFeature
Timeline

Combines your wall and your profile allowing you to curate what you share with your Facebook Friends

KeyFeature
Wall

Where you post and your friends can comment. They can leave you messages which everyone can see and you can discover who has tagged you photos.   

KeyFeature
Groups

Find ‘friends’ with similar interests in public groups or unite around a common cause.

KeyFeature
Messenger

It’s super-easy to communicate with friends because you can see when they’re online.  You must download the Messenger app, to use Facebook’s messaging platform on mobile devices.

KeyFeature
Marketplace

Marketplace is a convenient destination on Facebook to buy and sell items with people in your community.

What Parents Should Know

Teens are ditching Facebook because they think it’s for old people and flooded with information they don’t care about. Still, millions of teens maintain a Facebook account, so given recent privacy scandals, parents are well-advised to review privacy settings and how using Facebook’s social log-in feature, hands personal data over to third party apps.

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Recommended Time

20 Minutes

Recommended Age

13+

How do I manage privacy on Facebook?

To manage privacy:

  1. Turn off Location Services
    • Only on the phone–
      • Go to iOS Settings >“Privacy
      • Select > Location Services
      • Scroll down to Facebook
      • Choose ‘Never’
  2. Prevent third party apps from accessing data. Unlink these apps:

On the computer:

  • Log into Facebook
  • Click   at the top right of Facebook and select Settings.
  • In the Settings screen, click Apps & Websites. Facebook displays a list of all the apps to which it’s connected.
  • You can select multiple apps at once by tapping on the empty circle next to each of them. When you’re ready, hit the Remove button at the top of the page and then hit Remove again to confirm.

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook.
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner.
  • Go to “Settings & Privacy” .
  • Within that, Click “Settings”.
  • Then select “Account Settings” and scroll down to “Apps & Websites”.
  • On the next screen, pick the first option, “Logged in with Facebook,” to pull up a list of all the apps and websites that have access to your Facebook account.
  • You can select multiple apps at once by tapping on the empty circle next to each of them. When you’re ready, hit the Remove button at the top of the page and then hit Remove again to confirm.

      3. Limit Who Can Make Direct Contact

This can be done by Limiting Who Can Send Friend Requests,

On the computer:

  • Log into Facebook
  • Click at the top right of Facebook and select Settings.
  • Select ‘Privacy”.
  • Within the “ How people can find and contact you’ section, make your selection.

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook.
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner.
  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy” and select “Settings”.
  • Within “Settings”, select “Privacy Settings”.
  • Within that, scroll down to the “Who can send you friend requests” section, make your selection.  

How to limit what information people can see?

Facebook’s default settings make any information you share visible to anyone–you must enable privacy settings.

You can do this by:

a) Limit what information is included in the Profile

Make sure not to include a phone number or email address. Here’s how:

On the computer:

  • Click on ‘Your Profile’ (Your Name).
  • Click ‘About’ under your cover photo.
  • Click on ‘Contact & Basic Info’.
  • Hover the cursor over the phone number, you’ll see the option to ‘Edit’.
  • Click ‘Edit to the right of your phone number.
  • Click Edit next to your email and click the audience selector next to your email to change the audience it’s shared with and save any changes.
  • Choose ‘Only Me’.

On the phone:

  • Open the Facebook app.
  • Tap
  • Tap your name.
  • Tap About.
  • Tap Contact Info.
  • Tap Edit to the right of the Contact Info heading.
  • Tap the icon to the right of your number.Tap Only me.
  • Under Emails, click the audience selector, to change the audience it’s shared with and save any changes.

b)Limit Who Can See You or Your Teen’s Future Posts

On the computer:

  • Log into your Facebook account.
  • Click at the top right of Facebook and select Settings.
  • Select ‘Privacy”.
  • Within the “Who can see your future posts?section, make your selection.

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook.
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner.
  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy” and select “Settings”.
  • Within “Settings”, select “Privacy Settings”
  • Within that, scroll down to the “Who can send you friend requests” section.
  • Within the “Who can see your future posts?section, make your selection.  

c)Limit Who Can See Your or Your Teen’s Previous Posts

Within your account settings, you’ll find a tool that helps you change the audience of posts you’ve shared with Public or Friends of Friends to Friends Only. To use this tool:

On the computer:

  • Click  at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings.
  • Select Privacy from the left menu.
  • Under the Your Activity section, click Limit the audience for posts I’ve shared with friends of friends or Public?
  • Click Limit Past Posts.

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook.
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy” and select “Settings
  • Within “Settings”, select “Privacy Settings
  • Under the Your Activity section, tap Limit who can see Past Posts
  • Tap Limit Past Posts.

d)Limit who can see the posts that you or your teen has been tagged in.

On the computer:

  • Log into Facebook
  • Click at the top right of Facebook and select Settings.
  • Select ‘Timeline and Tagging
  • Within the ‘Tagging’ section, choose who you want to see the post you’re tagged in.

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook.
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner.
  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy” and select “Settings”.
  • Within “Settings”, select “Timeline and  Tagging”.
  • Within the ‘Tagging’ section, choose who you want to see the post you’re tagged in

When someone tags you in a post (e.g. your name is mentioned), it will show up on your timeline. This setting gives you control over who can see the posts you’re tagged in. By selecting “Only Me,” one can avoid potentially embarrassing photos or revealing private information that you don’t want disclosed such as your whereabouts or interests.

How can I limit what actions can people take on my or my teen’s profile?
Here’s how:

1. Require approval before anyone can post about you or your teen 

On the computer:

  • Log into your Facebook account
  • Click at the top right of Facebook and select Settings
  • Select ‘Timeline and Tagging
  • Within the ‘Review posts that you’re tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline?’, Click ‘Enabled

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy” and select “Settings
  • Within “Settings”, select “Timeline and  Tagging
  • Within the ‘Review posts that you’re tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline?’, Click ‘Enabled

2. Limit Who Can Post on Your or Your Teen’s Timeline

On the computer:

  • Log into your Facebook account
  • Click at the top right of Facebook and select Settings
  • Select ‘Timeline and Tagging
  • Within the ‘Timeline’ section, choose who can post on your timeline, either “Friends” or “Only Me

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy” and select “Settings
  • Within “Settings”, select “Timeline and  Tagging
  • Within the ‘Timeline’ section, choose who can post on your timeline, either “Friends” or “Only Me

The highest level privacy setting is to limit who can post on your timeline by selecting “Only Me

What do I do if my child is being bullied or harassed?

Facebook offers these tools to help you deal with bullying and harassment. Depending on the seriousness of the situation:

  1.  Unfriend the person. Only your Facebook friends can contact you through Facebook chat or post on your timeline.

On the computer:

  • Go to that person’s profile.
  • Hover over Friends   at the top of their profile.
  • Select Unfriend.

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook.
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner.
  • Go to that person’s profile.
  • Hover over Friends  at the top of their profile.
  • Select Unfriend.

When you unfriend someone, you will no longer see their posts in your  Newsfeed. The person you unfriended will not be notified, but your posts will stop showing up in their Newsfeed. They can still see your posts if they visit your profile page.  

2.Block the person. This will prevent the person from adding you as a friend and viewing what you share on your timeline.

On the computer:

  • Click    at the top right of Facebook and choose Settings.
  • Go to the left side of Facebook and click Blocking
  • Click Blocking in the left side menu.
  • Enter the name of the person you want to block and click Block.
  • Select the specific person you want to block from the list that appears and click Block > Block [name].

On the phone:

  • Open Facebook.
  • Tap ☰ at the bottom right corner.
  • Go to ‘Settings & Privacy” and select “Settings”.
  • Within “Settings”, select “Blocking”.
  • Select the specific person you want to block from the list that appears and click Block > Block [name].

When you block someone, he or she will not be able to find you on Facebook. Your profile will not be visible so that person not be able to see any of your activity.

3. Report the person or any abusive things they post.

The best protection against bullying is to learn how to recognize it and how to stop it. Here are some tips from Facebook:

  • Don’t retaliate. Most bullies are looking for a reaction, so don’t give them one.
  • Don’t keep it a secret. Reach out to someone you trust, like a close friend, family member, counselor or teacher, who can give you the help and support you need.
  • Document and save. If someone has posted something you don’t like, you can print or take a screenshot of it in case you need to share it with someone you trust later.

4. Deactive my child’s account

To temporarily deactive:

  • Click the drop-down menu
  • Select Settings – Security and Deactivate your account
  • This will suspend all Facebook activity

To permanently delete the account-

  • Go to the drop-down menu ‘Help
  • Type “How do I permanently delete my account?
  • Then follow the link to submit your request

This will deactivate the account for 14 days; if it isn’t used within that period, it will be deleted forever.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, prohibits social media sites from collecting personal data from children under 13 without parental consent. Instead of fulfilling the onerous requirements to obtain parental consent, social media companies elected to set 13 as the minimum age to use their platforms.

While it’s not illegal for children under 13 to use social media, there are the privacy and appropriate use concerns to consider. According to child psychologists, children under 13 are typically not developmentally ready to handle the complexities that arise with social media from posting etiquette and oversharing, to analyzing truth and validity.

A child’s readiness depends on his or her level of maturity and how prepared he or she is to handle the responsibility. Parents are well-advised to educate themselves and their children on the potential issues and be prepared to regularly engage with their children to discuss social media use.

See our Best Practices for Managing Social Media.

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