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.
See your friends’ latest activity, videos being viewed within your social network, and advertisements.
Combines your wall and your profile allowing you to curate what you share with your Facebook Friends
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.
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 online. You must download the Messenger app, to use Facebook’s messaging platform on mobile devices.
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.
How do I manage privacy on Facebook?
To manage privacy:
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:
How can I limit what actions can people take on my or my teen’s profile?
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:
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.