Facebook

What is it?

Facebook is the world's most popular online social media service with more than 500 million users. Facebook users can post their thoughts and information about their lives, including photos and video, as well as play games, send messages and participate in activities such as joining groups and organising events.

How does it work?

Once a user signs on they are able to begin posting information and making friends with other users of the service. They are able to choose whether to have their content seen by just their friends, or by all users.

Why is Facebook useful?

Facebook enables users to maintain contact with a large group of people on an ad hoc basis, through posting information and organising and participating in events. It can also be good for reconnecting with people you may not have seen in a long time.

What do you need to keep in mind about your children and Facebook?

Facebook is open to anyone over the age of 13. This can't really be policed, but if your child is under 13, you might want to be sure they aren't using Facebook as they are open to content from adults as well. It is important that you understand the privacy settings of Facebook to ensure that your child's content is only seen by the people that you want to see it. Children also need to be careful about who they accept friend requests from. It is also important that they set a password that cannot be easily guessed by anyone else. You should also keep a watch on what your child is posting on Facebook, in terms of personal information and opinions.

Want to know more?

Visit the Facebook website or check out School A to Z on Facebook.

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