Burnt Toast Blog
Face book safety
by Carmen Scott
Category: Articles, Information & Tips on Parenting
Facebook safety is always on every parents and caregivers mind, and rightly so. Facebook can be a fabulous tool to keep in touch with friends and family, or it can be the starting place for cyber bullying or something more sinister. By following a few simple rules, you can help Facebook be a fun experience for you and your child.
~Never give out personal information. Posting your name on your Facebook profile page is OK, however, don't list your address, birth date, or phone number.
~Be cautious about what kinds of photos your kids are posting, in case they reveal personal information such as a photo of them in front of their school.
~A good rule of thumb is not to add anyone that you haven't met in person; and never meet a new Facebook "friend" in real life.
~Close your network and don't make your profile public to everyone, or all your information & pictures will be available to anyone who clicks on your name. Close your Facebook network to everyone except your friends and don't be afraid to click the box that says "limit my profile."
~ Don't feel obligated to accept a friend request from someone you don't really know.
~ Watch your wall - you might not post personal information on your main page, but your friends might. For example, you're going on vacation and you don't want that information public, and your friend writes on your wall - for all to see - "Have a great time in Disney"! Remember you can edit your wall so that only you can post on it.
~ Be wary of forms. Thousands of third-party Facebook applications can add to the site's functionality and fun. (trivia games, video posts, horoscopes) but don't fill out every field if you don't feel comfortable and if it's mandatory you can always make up the information.
~Use email messages to send private or sensitive information. Facebook is very public and can be viewed by anyone, so before you post a comment or question, ask yourself if it's better as a private email. Assume whatever you posted on Facebook can be seen by everyone.
~Facebook frequently make changes to their site including privacy settings, how images are shown etc. Take a moment to review any changes to their privacy policies, by searching on Google or by "liking" their Facebook page so that any changes will show up in your "news feed".