Facebook – What Teenagers, Children And Parents Should Know
If you are using a computer on a regular basis, you will have by now come across the latest fashion in connecting with others: Facebook, one of the fastest growing social networks. This article will outline what teenagers and children, or their parents, should be aware of.
Can I join?
If you are thirteen years or older and have a valid email address you can join. By joining you agree to their terms and conditions. The company can and may delete your profile, along with all its content, if they believe that you are less than thirteen years old.
What shall I share?
Facebook is a great way to connect with friends and keep up with what they are doing and thinking. Remember that whatever you share is public and can be shared by your friends with anyone they know. Imagine that whatever you post, whether it is a status update, a photo or a video, would be posted on the school’s notice board – if you are OK with this and its effect, then it should be safe to post.
Where shall I comment?
Remember that whenever you post onto someone’s wall, everyone else can see it, similar to your status update. As well, when you change your personal details, for example your relationship status, all your friends will know at once. If you prefer to comment on something without everyone knowing about it, you should send a private message to that person.
Who looks at my profile?
Depending on your privacy settings everyone, your network or only your friends can see your profile. Be mindful that people can search for you on the Internet and find out stuff about you, including your parents and teachers. This means you want to be mindful what you post, for example why you didn’t go to school, because even though your teacher might not be connected to you, your friends might be and if they comment back, someone might read it who was not intended to know about it.
Good to know for parents
Facebook is a good medium to know about what your children and teenagers, including their friends, are doing and thinking these days. If however you stalk them or prey too much into their personal affairs, they will potential ‘unfriend’ you or exclude you from their posts. The same applies as in real life: give them their space, offer your support, be interested in what they are doing but not curious for the sake of knowing everything.
Nathalie Himmelrich brings technology closer to you – learn how to use social networks efficiently and easily.
Nathalie is working as a mentor and coach one-on-one and in groups to support clients in their personal growth and on using technology.
Want to know more? Have a look at my YouTube channel and my ‘Technology Tutorials’ page on Facebook
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