While it’s certainly not as popular with children as it once were, you’ll be surprised by the number of kids who still occasionally hang out on Facebook. While most parents won’t need any introduction to Facebook, we feel our series of guides won’t be complete without the most popular social network in the world.
If you feel you don’t really need this guide, perhaps you’ll find the previous installments more helpful:
A Parent’s Guide to Social Media: Snapchat
A Parent’s Guide to Social Media: Instagram
So we hope you’re ready to “face” this article because it’s all about Facebook!
First, the basics:
Facebook is an online platform that allows people to share what is going on in their lives and their thoughts through text, photos or videos. Through the website or mobile app, users can make their own posts as well as view, react (like), comment, and share the posts of their “friends” or pages that they like (for example, celebrity or business pages).
News Feed – where your posts, along with everyone else’s that you follow, appear. Being on Facebook is a combination of making your own posts and scrolling through your News Feed to see everyone else’s posts.
timeline – your timeline, located right under your profile, is where all of your posts appear, including other people’s posts that you’ve shared and/or that you have been tagged in. People can also post directly on your timeline, which is most common when it is your birthday. These posts can only be viewed by you and your friends.
tagging – when you post something (usually a photo) that includes someone else, you can choose to tag him or her in it so that it also appears on his or her timeline.
friend request – in order to view all the posts on someone else’s timeline and his or her complete profile, you need to be friends with them. In order to become friends with him or her, you need to send him or her a friend request. The same goes for others who would like to view your posts and profile. When you receive a friend request, you can either accept or decline it.
Facebook Live – a video stream that your followers can tune into as it is happening in real time. Viewers can interact with your stream by reacting to it (e.g., liking it) and/or commenting on it.
Facebook Messenger – the direct messaging system associated with Facebook. Messages sent within messenger are only visible between you and the sender.
Important Privacy “Need-To-Knows” Before You Go:
- When creating a Facebook post, you can make it as private or public as you want it to be. To change the privacy settings on your post, open a new post and click where it says “Friends” directly under your name to see the different options for your post.
- If you no longer want someone to have access to your Facebook profile for any reason, you can block him or her. That person will not be able to see anything on your profile and timeline or be able to message you and you will also no longer see his or her profile and timeline or be able to message him or her. In order to block someone, go to his or her profile, press “More,” which is located under and to the right of his or her name (the circle with the three dots), and click “Block.”
Jiminy – Parental Control on Android Phone
If your child is using the Facebook app on an Android phone (which is probably true), you should consider using Jiminy – parental control on Android phone. Jiminy uses advanced machine learning tools to let parents know what happening on their child’s phone, both the good and the bad. This is a type of app that will give you a whole new perspective on your child’s life. Jiminy also allows for Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat monitoring as well as many other social media sites.