What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens must be diligent about setting their privacy controls on Facebook. They can set and tweak these settings on the website or on the mobile app. There are a multitude of privacy settings, including limiting who can contact you via the email you provide to Facebook, who sees your posts, and who you completely block. Different Android phones and iPhone/iPad Facebook apps may have a few small variations in bugginess and capabilities, so be aware that some features may be different if you are using an iPhone and your kid is using an Android. The Scrapbooks feature allows parents to tag photos of their kids and create a virtual scrapbook to share with friends and family. Because content about a kid under 13 is being curated, and more features are bound to roll out, the privacy and safety implications aren't clear. Facebook states that if you use others' photos of your kids, their audience settings dictate who sees the picture, and you'll be notified if the audience of a tagged photo of your kid goes public.
What's it about?
Download the Facebook app to your mobile device and you'll see a user interface that looks quite similar to the Facebook website. Tap "Status" to update your status, "Photo" to upload a photo, or "Check In" to show friends where you are. You can read, like, and comment on other people's posts. Because the screen is smaller on mobile devices, it may take a few more clicks to discover where certain features/settings are located on Facebook's mobile app, but for the most part it operates much the same as the main website.
Is it any good?
No need to pinch or squint to see some of Facebook's best features with this free mobile version. Almost everything's reformatted and perfectly sized for reading. Jump between the default "Live Feed" view of friends' posts and a screen of neatly laid-out icons you can tap to see your profile, inbox, requests, and other crucial social networking tools.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what photos and other content is best to share online and what it means to share on Facebook: Who can see your posts? How do you know?
Talk to your kids about your photo-sharing: Is it okay with them if you share their pictures? Before they are ready for an account, is it okay with them to have an online presence?