Facebook is one of the world’s largest social media platforms, with over 2.27 billion active monthly users. Facebook allows individuals to create profiles, upload photos and videos, connect with family and friends and share content from elsewhere on the web.
Key things to be aware of on Facebook:
- Facebook rules require users to be 13 or older to use their platform.
- Cover photo: The current Cover Photo is always public, this means that everyone can view the image and anyone tagged in the image is also identifiable.
- Profile picture: The profile picture is public by default. A child can change the privacy settings on each profile photo manually.
- Friends: Friendship circles are easily identifiable by the number of mutual friends a user has. Mutual friends can provide hints about the type of friendship a user has and how they may know a particular person or group of people.
- Talk to children about the importance of ensuring they actually know everyone on their friends list.
- You should always reinforce the importance of a child’s Facebook settings being set to Friends Only.
- Be aware that children and young people can apply custom settings to stop certain people, such as their parents, from viewing their status updates/ posts.