Recently rebranded as a “Social
Entertainment” siteMinimum age to join: 13 (down from 14)Proﬁles of users aged 13-15 are set to “Private”Users aged 16+ have privacy optionsEasy to create fake accounts29,000 registered sex offenderproﬁles have been found (so far) and deleted.
Real-time conversations in 140 characters
or lessNo minimum age requirement to joinAnyone can follow a non-Private accountPublic @-replies can be sent to anyonePrivate DMs can only be sent to peoplemutually following each other.Any account can be set to “Private”Easy to create fake accounts
Minimum age to join: 13“Friend
acceptance” must be mutualPrivacy options are constantly changingAny account can be set to privateMore difﬁcult to create fake accountsFacebook will NOT delete accounts of kids13+ for parents
“The most common risk young
people face on Facebook is not advances from a stranger or pedophile, but rather peer harassment and aggression -cyber bullying - in other wordshurtful, harassing, or defamatory behavior.”
50% of adolescents and teens
have been bullied online1 in 10 tell a parent if they have been a cyber bully victimFewer than 1 in 5 cyber bullying incidents are reportedto law enforcement10% have had damaging photos taken of them and sharedonline without their permissionGirls are more likely than boys to be involved incyber bullying33% have experienced cyberthreats online.
68% of teens admit accepting
a friend request fromsomeone they didn’t know85% of parents admit to looking at their children’s proﬁlesweekly40% of parents have been given their children’s usernamesand passwords90% of parents of girls are friends with them82% of parents of boys are friends with them59% of parents worry about privacy compared toonly 6% of teens.
“We strongly recommend thatminors 13
years of age or older asktheir parents for permissionbefore sending any informationabout themselves to anyone overthe Internet and we encourageparents to teach their childrenabout safe Internet usepractices.”- Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
PARENTS should...Talk to their kids
about the risksof being on FacebookMonitor what their kids are postingon their Facebook pagesConsider getting their kids’usernames and passwords“Friend” their children*
*Should you “friend” your child?No
matter how old your child is, here are someguidelines for being a good online friend:1. Be a role model2. Don’t post on their Wall too frequently - it willembarrass them and may create the sense that you are“lurking”3. Don’t scold - don’t argue publicly. Send a privatemessage, or better yet, talk to them about it ofﬂine4. Don’t try to “friend” your teen’s friends