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A Guide to Privacy Settings

What is Facebook?
Facebook is a social networking website. This means that people use Facebook to connect to other people known as friends. While it is very popular (the most popular website in the world according to Google), it is also important to know how to protect yourself while using it. This guide will take you through some of Facebook’s settings and how to protect yourself a little better.

General Safety Measures
Taking some basic steps before diving into Facebook’s settings can really make a difference when dealing with safety issues.

• Your password - Don’t give it out to anyone and change it regularly (once a

• Think before you post - Once you post something online, others can get it,
copy, distribute it to whomever they chose. Be careful and think before you post a comment, picture, or video. Your online reputation is at stake.

• Only accept friend invitations by people you know - When you accept
someone as a friend, they have access to a lot of your information. While it may seem harmless fun, you never know who is on the other end and what their motives are.

• Don’t click on unusual links - If you receive a strange or unusual link (even if it
is from a friend) don’t click on it unless you are 100% sure it is safe.

• Report abuse - If you are being abused online you need to report it. Report it to
Facebook, your parents, and the school. Facebook should be a fun, safe place for everyone.

Edit your profile
A good place to start is your profile. In your profile there is information that Facebook requires (like birthdate, gender, email, etc.). However, you can decide if people see that information or not. Showing your birthday can open yourself up to online predators. The less of your personal information is out there, the better off you are. We recommend you don’t show your birthday, your contact information or whether you like men/women. To get to your profile go to your Facebook page you will see a button to Update Info. Click on that to get started.


When you click on that button a new page will appear with a lot of options. Let’s go through a few to give you an idea of what can be done here. By default much of this information is public meaning anyone who is a friend or friend of a friend can see it but, we can change that. Let’s start with our Basic information.


When you click on Edit you will see there are a lot of options that Facebook has set to Public. As a family you should discuss how much and who should have access to your information. Some options (like your birthday) are right in front of you. Others you need to dig down one more level. You can find those options on the right hand side. Remember if you are unsure it is best to error on the side of caution and set them on Only Me to make sure no information you don’t want any unwanted info to leak out.

Be sure to go through all the other areas in your profile and pay special attention to the Contact Info. This area may have your mobile phone number, address and email address. These are things that you should definitely protect.

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Accessing your privacy settings
It is easy to access your privacy settings. Anywhere on your Facebook go to the top right hand corner and select the little black triangle and then select Privacy Settings. You should be able to access this anywhere.

Your privacy settings
These settings help allow you to control who sees what on your Facebook page.


General settings
You will notice in the middle of the page there are three quick options of who you can allow to see your posts and information. I set Jimmy’s to Friends (that way friends of friends cannot see my info).

You can’t stop here though. There are still plenty of options that need to be reviewed. Below this box you will see five different categories that you can modify. As it was before, many of these categories are set up as public. While some of these settings you may be fine with it is important to know where they are and what they do.


How You Connect
The is a biggie. This category lets you decide who can find you, who can request to be your friend and who can send you Facebook messages. Definitely go through these three and make them secure.

Timeline and Tagging
This category lets you decide who can tag you in pictures/videos. Tagging means someone identifies you in a picture/video and other people can see that it is you in that image. That picture can then end up in your Timeline (without your knowledge) and of course on their Facebook page. You can review anything that has you tagged.


Ads, Apps and Websites
Facebook has rolled a few options in here. You can authorize or deauthorize certain apps that you use in Facebook (Farmville, Rotten Tomatoes, etc.). Apps have access to your data such as photos, videos, posts and your list of friends. Also you can also allow a preview of your Timeline when people search for you. If you are under the age of 18 this is turned off and cannot be turned on.


Limit The Audience for Old Posts on Your Timeline
This allows you to switch older posts that are public so that only friends can see them.

Blocked People and Apps
This is another important feature. This lets you manage what people/apps you have blocked on Facebook. This is one place you can block people/apps.


Extra security
Facebook offers some extra security features to help you keep your account secure. By default they are not turned on, so here is what they are and how to implement them. To access these options go to the little triangle in the upper right hand corner and select your Account Settings, then chose Security.


Many of these features are very basic and should be activated like Security Question. Check out the other features and decide if you should enable them. • Secure Browsing - Like email you log in through a secure https protocol • Login Notifications - Whenever your account is logged in from a different computer/device than normal you will receive an email notification. • Login Approvals - Requires a security code to access your account. This helps people from hacking your account. • App Passwords - In order to use apps like Farmville, Rotten Tomatoes, etc. you will need to type in a password. • Recognized Devices - If you access your Facebook account on your iPhone, Android phone, iPad, etc. it will give you a list of them here. • Active Sessions - This lets you know if you have any active logins. Deactivate your account - This will deactivate your account. Your account will immediately “disappear” from Facebook but it does not delete it. It can be reactivated at a later time.


Abuse on Facebook
The reason why this guide is being made is to help inform you on how to protect yourself. Unfortunately, some people can abuse others on Facebook. If this happens often and repeatedly then you should tell someone, unfriend them, block them and report them. Unfriending There are times when you will want or need to unfriend someone. Facebook makes it easy. First click on that persons image or name to go to their Timeline. Below their Timeline banner picture you will see a little gear. Click on that and a drop down menu will appear. Then select Unfriend...

Facebook will ask if you sure you want to do this. Click Remove from Friends and that person will no longer have access to your Timeline (if you have secured it) anymore.

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Report Abuse Facebook takes reports of abuse seriously. If someone has posted a comment, picture, video of you that is abusive, you can report that person. To report a person find this on their profile page. When you click it a new box will appear. Select what you want to do. If it is abuse, Facebook recommends that you block them as well. Don’t worry about the report, the person will not know they have been reported.

Report a Photo/Video To report a photo/video. The process is the same. Find the picture and there is a report option. Again, the person will not know that it has been reported or by who. It will take time for results though. Facebook receive over 2 million reports of abuse every week, but do not let this deter you. Report it to make Facebook a better place for everyone.


Hacked accounts
If you, or your friends account gets hacked, you have some options. First, if you can login, do so. Then head to the Help Center, it is under Account in the top right hand corner.

Once there, just typed “hacked” in the search bar and select the link. This is the fastest way to get where you need to go. This will window will appear. Click Continue. This will temporarily disable the account and force you to go through a series of security questions in order to reset your password and restore your account.


Annoted Website List
To learn more about online safety or bullying, check out these websites.



This is MTV’s online campaign to be aware of and to help prevent and stop abuse from happening through mobile phones or social networking.

www.athinline.org They deal with difficult issues such as sexting, identifying the difference between a joke and abuse, and much more. This website is based in the UK and they focus on working and empowering young men and women against the sometimes devastating effects of bullying. Another UK group that is dedicated to eradicating sexual child abuse in the UK. They actively promote online safety as means to help prevent such abuse An international group that works with other organizations from around the world to make the web a safer place for children to surf. A website that educates children and adults alike to consume media sensibly and responsibly. This website not only deals with responsible, safe, and smart use of social networking. They also deal with using other Web 2.0 features safely as well. This site is dedicated to keeping up to date information concerning cyberbullying and how to deal with it. A blog written by expert Anne Collier (part of Connect Safely). It is constantly updated and a great resource for families











FOSI’s goal is to help educate families about the best online practices to ensure safety and security on the web.



NetSmartz Workshop is a website affiliated with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Their goal is to educate children how to recognize internet threats. Empower children how to prevent themselves from being exploited, and to engage children and parents in meaningful conversation about on and off line risks This website gives tips from the US Federal government and industry leaders to help you keep up your guard against internet fraud, securing your personal information and protecting your personal information. Click Clever Click Safe is an initiative by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. They have teamed up with charities, industry leaders, and the UK government to help educate and keep the Internet a safe place for children A program that has been around more than ten years to help educate children to be the first line of defenses while using the web. A huge amount of information suitable for all ages from early web users to tech savvy teens. They offer other websites such as wiredkids.org, teenangels.org, and stopcyberbullying.org Why not hit up the source. While they don’t have all the answers it is definitely a good place to find information.







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