Our Complete Guide to Facebook
What are the key features of Facebook?
See your friends’ latest activity, videos being viewed within your social network, and annoying advertisements.
Everyone you’re connected to can see what you post, any comments made by your friends, and photos you’ve been tagged in. This can build a feeling of community but can also create embarassment, Timeline (formerly known as the Wall) allows you to change these settings, and you can always prune activity to curate the image you’re projecting within your social network.
Groups can be a great source of information and support. You can find ‘friends’ with similar interests in public groups or unite around a common cause.
It’s super-easy to communicate with friends because you can see when they’re on Facebook. To use Facebook’s messaging platform on mobile devices, you must first download the Messenger app. Monitoring services such as Bark can only survey iMessage and SMS. Thus, parents may want to discourage their teens from messaging through social media apps.
Anyone can broadcast live video using a smartphone. Live Video tends to rank higher in Facebook’s algorithm, meaning that it’s more likely to appear at the top of Newsfeed. Live Stream is an issue when teens post inappropriate videos, and because they’re live, Facebook can’t intervene in time.
Even though teens are ditching Facebook because they think it’s for old people and flooded with information they don’t care about, millions of teens still maintain an account. Given recent privacy scandals, parents are well-advised to review privacy settings as well as how using Facebook’s social log-in feature hands personal data over to third party apps.
In an extensive study, Facebook users report being happy when spending up to 20 minutes per day on the app, and then shift into unhappy territory when they continue using beyond that point.
While it’s not illegal for children under 13 to use social media, parental consent is required. Otherwise, social media companies are prohibited by law from collecting personal data on children under 13.