Our Complete Guide to Facebook 

What are the key features of Facebook?

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Newsfeed

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

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Timeline

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.

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Groups

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.

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Messenger

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.

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Facebook Live

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.   

Recommendations

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.

Recommended Time

20 Minutes 

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. 

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Recommended Age

13+

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.

Privacy

How do I manage privacy on Facebook?

1. Location Services if you want to make sure you are not disclosing your location to Facebook, turn off location services:

  • From your iPhone, go to iOS Settings > Tap Privacy
  • Select Location Services
  • Scroll down to Facebook
  • Choose Never
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2. Prevent third party appsfrom accessing your data.Unlink these apps:

On the computer:

  • Log into Facebook
  • Click   at the top right of Facebook and select Settings
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  • 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
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Scroll down and click on Settings & Privacy and select Settings
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  • Under Security, click on 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
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      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
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  • Select Privacy
  • Within the How people can find and contact you section, make your selection
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Scroll down and click on Settings & Privacy and select Settings
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  • Scroll down to Privacy and click on Privacy Settings
  • Click on Who can send you friend requests section to make your selection
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How to limit what information people can see?

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

You can do this by:

1. Limit what information is included in your ‘Profile’ (your name)

Make sure your phone number or email address are not publicly visible. Here’s how:

On the computer:

  • Click on your Profile (your name) and click About under your cover photo
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  • Click on Contact & Basic Info
  • Hover the cursor over the phone number, you’ll see the option to Edit, so click it 
  • Make your selection 
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Tap your name
  • Tap About
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  • 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
  • Hit Save at the bottom
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2. Limit Who Can See Future Posts

On the computer:

  • Click  at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
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  • Select Privacy
  • Within the Who can see your future posts? section, make your selection 
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to Settings & Privacy and select Settings
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  • 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
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3. Limit Who Can See Previous Posts

Within your account settings, you can choose who can view your previous posts (Public, Friends of Friends, Friends Only):

On the computer:

  • Click  at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
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  • 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
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to Settings & Privacy and select Settings
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  • Scroll down and select Privacy Settings
  • Under the Your Activity section, tap Limit who can see Past Posts
  • Tap Limit Past Posts
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4. Limit who can see the posts you’re tagged in

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

On the computer:

  • Click  at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
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  • Select Timeline and Tagging
  • Within the Tagging section, choose who you want to see the post you’re tagged in
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to Settings & Privacy and select Settings
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  • Within Settings, scroll down and under Privacy, select Timline and  Tagging
  • Within the Tagging section, choose who you want to see the post you’re tagged in
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How can I limit what actions can people take on my timeline?

1. Require approval before anyone can tag you in their posts

On the computer:

  • Click  at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
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  • Select Timeline and Tagging
  • Within the Review posts that you’re tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline and Click Enabled
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On the phone:

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

2. Limit who can post on the timeline

On the computer:

  • Click  at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
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  • Select Timeline and Tagging
  • Within the Timeline section, choose who can post on your timeline
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to Settings & Privacy and select Settings
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  • Select Timeline and  Tagging
  • Within the Timeline section, choose Who can post on your timeline and make your selection
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What do I do if my child is being bullied or harassed?

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
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On the phone:

  • Go to that person’s profile
  • Tap  Friends
  • Tap Unfriend, then tap OK
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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
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  • Click Blocking
  • 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]
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On the phone:

  • Open Facebook and tap ☰ at the bottom right corner
  • Go to Settings & Privacy and select Settings
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  • Scroll down to Privacy and select Blocking
  • Tap Add to Blocked List and search the name of the person you want to block
  • Select the specific person you want to block from the list that appears and click Block 
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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:

  • Tap Navigation in the bottom right
  • Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Settings
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  • Tap Personal Information, then tap Manage Account
  • Tap Deactivate to the right of Account, then follow the instructions to confirm
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Note: You can only deactivate your account from the phone. To delete your account you have to login from a computer.

To permanently delete the account-

  • Click    at the top right of Facebook and choose Settings
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  • On the left side menu, click Your Facebook Information
  • Click View on the Delete Your account and information section
  • Choose if you want to Deactivate account or Delete Acccount permanently
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  • This will deactivate the account for 14 days; if it isn’t used within that period, it will be deleted forever.

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