Keeping Facebook Safe for Your Kids
Facebook is a social networking site that allows individuals to create personal profiles and connect with friends and family. Users can upload photos, videos and send messages in order to build relationships.
Daniel Nations, author of the article What is Facebook states, “Facebook’s success can be attributed to its ability to appeal to both people and businesses, its developer’s network that turned Facebook into a thriving platform and Facebook connects ability to interact with sites around the web by providing a single login that works across multiple sites”.
Key Features of Facebook
- Individuals can maintain a friend list and select privacy settings deciding who can see the content on their profiles
- Facebook lets individuals upload pictures and create photo albums
- Facebook allows users to engage in interactive online chatting and comment on friend’s pictures and videos
- Facebook allows for group pages and business pages. Businesses use this as a vehicle to obtain more clients and market themselves
Children and Facebook
The number of children adopting technology is increasing, and sadly so does the risk of them being exposed to cyber bullying, social grooming and online stalkers.
Parent’s portal, Facebook’s new safety centre is going to be launched in order to help parents overcome this problem. Research suggests that the portal will contain various resources and videos in order to assist and educate parents and children about online safety.
Antigone Davis, Head of global safety at Facebook states, “everyday parents come to Facebook to ask for advice in groups, share pictures of their kids or just stay connected with their family in different places and for many parents, they also have questions about how Facebook works once their kids join. That is why we are launching the Parent’s portal”.
The portal allows parents to connect with educational experts around the world. These experts are more than willing to offer advice and resources. Some topics included in the portal include teaching children that:
- The same rules apply online as offline
- Safety when it comes to creating your own social media account
- Advice on how to handle u wanted attention or commentary