A parents’ guide to Facebook

What is Facebook?  2
What do people do on Facebook?  2
Why do young people use Facebook?  3
Is Facebook safe?  3
What are the risks involved in social networking?  4
How do we parent Facebook users?  5
Ways to monitor your child’s Facebook activities  6
Safety, privacy and reputation protection in the digital age 6
Digital footprints & good reputations  7
HOW TO OPTIMIZE FACEBOOK SETTINGS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE  8
Your children’s profiles are a reflection on them  8
Why children should be honest about their age  9
Choose friends wisely  10
Messages, Wall Posts & News Feed  11
To limit what’s on your child’s profile  12
See what your profile looks like to others  14
Configuring who can see what you post  14
Extra protections for minors  15
Basic privacy controls  15
Customizing privacy settings  16
Limiting who can see your info or search for you  18
Controlling who can see individual posts  20
Lists: A powerful privacy feature  21
Using the Groups feature  22
Photos and tagging  24
Controlling Facebook applications  26
Limiting individual applications  27
Facebook’s location-sharing Places  28
Reporting problems  31
Preventing suicide and other self-har

Connect Safely is a non-profit US organisation aiming to teach parents, children and young adults about safe and responsible internet use. A parents’ guide to Facebook was published in January this year and is a handy, well-balanced approach to guiding young adults into using Facebook responsibly.

Topics include:

  • What is Facebook?
  • Why do young people use Facebook?
  • Is Facebook safe?
  • What are the risks involved in social networking?
  • How do we parent Facebook users?
  • Ways to monitor your child’s Facebook activities
  • Safety, privacy and reputation protection in the digital age
  • Digital footprints & good reputations
  • How to optimise settings for young people
  • Your children’s profiles are a reflection on them
  • Why children should be honest about their age
  • Choose friends wisely
  • Messages, Wall Posts & News Feed
  • To limit what’s on your child’s profile
  • See what your profile looks like to others
  • Configuring who can see what you post
  • Extra protections for minors
  • Basic privacy controls
  • Customizing privacy settings
  • Limiting who can see your info or search for you
  • Controlling who can see individual posts
  • Lists: A powerful privacy feature
  • Using the Groups feature
  • Photos and tagging
  • Controlling Facebook applications
  • Limiting individual applications
  • Facebook’s location-sharing Places
  • Reporting problems
  • Preventing suicide and other self-harm

Well worth a read.

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