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Adult Written bydaveluv21 April 9, 2008

An excellent site but use with caution

Facebook is a good site for keeping in contact with friends, there's lots of quizzes to do and games to play but some profiles may contain violent or disturbing video or photos and you should not put any personally identifying info on your profile like phones numbers. Overall an excellent site the best of its type on the net.
Adult Written byKira123 June 1, 2010

Facebook for Teens

well for those who worry about it watch what your kids do. Yea there are certain ages that should not be allowed cause they bring school drama home and then fight over facebook, parents take a active role in your kids life....
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Parent Written bychildrenmatter July 26, 2011

Increases your child's risk of viewing pornography

Hacking and phishing is a big concern on Facebook. Who has not seen the "I can't believe her father walked in on this" (or some similar title) video. Phishing is common on Facebook. This simply means they lure your password out of you and then other sites have the ability to post under your screen name. Recently, the photos attached to these type of scams have become more graphic. It's hit or miss. You may or may not stumble across pornography. Unfortunately for the the children of my friends, they were able to view sexually explicit material from the comfort of their own walls when another person was phished. If pornography is a concern, Facebook is not for your children. They are more likely to click on phishing links and even if they do not, chances are, they have friends who will and then will inadvertently post this material for them to view. I do wish there was a family-friend social networking site.
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Too much sex
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Parent of a 8 year old Written byrlblondes March 11, 2011

only for kids 13+

I agree with the reviews. My step-son's mother opened an account for him to play Farmville. We did not agree with him having an account since he is only 8 years old. She assured us she had the account private. Sure enough after a week or so one of her friends forgot they had an 8 yr old as a friend and were using inappropriate language which was displayed on his wall. There have been other incidents that showed her lack of monitoring the account so we have closed the account.
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Parent of a 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, and 17 year old Written byMissBridgette July 3, 2010

I wouldn't recommend this site

Even though, I myself do own a facebook. I am absolutely against the use of it for my children in my house until age 15, with one rule... You friend me. I know my way around a facebook page, therefore most parents who have their children added do not know, that there are specific settings where children can actually block certain content from just YOUR sight. Suppose one of my kids had pictures up from a recent party, they can go to edit settings on the album they posted it in, and changed it to "friends only" and then there is that "except...." button. There they can type in MY name and click save. DONE. I will never be able to see that album. So I do a 1-2 time a month "check up" where I have my kids log on, skim through everything, and tell them to show me something that I think looks suspicious. I have a 14 year old, who begged me to get a facebook, so I let him, because his grades were marvelous last semester, but... I had him give me his login information, since he is younger, and more naive. I want to keep an eye out on him from the random people who sometimes even add me. There are so many things to watch out for on facebook. I've seen some pages of kids, their statuses are about drinking, smoking, parties, ext. They have crude, sexual pictures, girls making out with out girls, its very hard to keep track of the 400 or so people that your teenagers have added. It's a hard site, but I've allowed it in my house, because I myself use it, keep a close eye on your kids if they are on this site. And make sure you know Facebook better then your teenagers, I recommend every parent of a kid on facebook gets a facebook themselves.
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Parent of a 12 year old Written byXOXILING April 6, 2010

Not great for any kid

Who doesn't love Facebook. I have it and most of my friends have it; but when m,y daughter wanted it I was quite skeptical. Not that I was worried about inappropriate content, my daughter is good about that stuff. What worried me - and my worries came to fruition, was the CYBERBULLYING. One may laugh at the thought, but honestly, it's happening all over the place. Kids are committing suicide over being bullied, kids can be mean, and the ability to impulsively blurt something out about someone and not have to do it to their face is quite strong. Kids are not required to have fact to face communications anymore - they break up via text, they constantly IM and now...Facebook. I'm not a fan! Not for kids!
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Parent of a 11 and 14 year old Written byFinnella Flanagan October 8, 2010

Remember kids under 13 aren't even supposed to use it!

I really don't like FB but it's become an integral part of teen life. I did something very non-standard when I didn't allow my son to use his actual last name on his account. I wanted him to reserve that for when he was older and might need it for job hunting, etc. It also made me very nervous that so many friends had so much information available to non-friends: RL name, RL picture, school being attended. If I were a sick person, I could have tracked down several of his female friends very easily and without even friending them first. So you need to set up your childrens' privacy controls and then you have to create your own account and friend your children so you can see what they are doing. It's a huge hassle, but you shouldn't let your kid onto FB if you are not willing to do this. Also warn them about all those FB games. They will try to get you to give them information, such as your cell phone number, so they can charge you real money to play. Shun them. And since the under 13 crowd aren't even supposed to be on FB, I wouldn't let my younger son have a page. Lucky for me, he's not interested.
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Parent of a 8, 12, 14, and 16 year old Written bysupa mom June 24, 2010

Great site for teens

This show is great for teens because it is up to them what they do. Tell them not to be friends with anybody they do not know personally. As long as they do that, it could be ages 11+. If they don't though, there could be very bad content and sometimes even stalkers. Just tell them to be very careful and they will be fine.
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Parent of a 10 year old Written bysaftyj101 May 12, 2010

teens not kids under 13

NOT FOR KIDS
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Adult Written byAmber R. September 22, 2016

Allows harassment

I've reported my ex and his girlfriend to Facebook for their constant harassment: *Making new accounts every time I block them. *Using my art as their profile pictures and cover photos without my consent (the recent one is a profile photo with my first name on it). This is all over the course of 3 years. I have been informed by Facebook that there is nothing they can do. I'm tired of having to block them. I don't want my ex back, I will never want him back. The two of them need to just stop and leave me alone. I've never done anything to them.
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Adult Written byRobert S. September 6, 2016

Nonsense FB Restrictions

Can't believe I'm on a 3 day restriction for posting a fire arm I bought, not selling. Message I received was my post went against 'Community Standards'. Since when is posting a picture of a fire arm I bought on a Gun Auction site against FB policy? If it weren't for my using FB to keep in touch with my USAF buddies, I'd jump ship. Seems Mark 'Hitler'burg has gone off the deep end. He disapproves of my post & it, in his opinion, violates community standards but he can build a wall in Hawaii & not have any concern for that 'community'.
Adult Written byBreezy S. August 7, 2016

Invasion of privacy

Facebook is the worst social media network there is. How many other sites do you see getting hacked as much as they do?! They requested I provide my real name after previously being stalked and finally I was able to create a profile he could not find. They tell me to just call the authorities if he finds me again but refused my access until I agree to change my name to my birth name. How is that legal? Do not risk your privacy because it has been a total nightmare for me!
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Adult Written byParis Smith July 21, 2011

Don't be uptight

I have a little sister who is 10 who LOVES Facebook. My parents always watch her posts and chats and make sure she has friends that she knows and that have gone to her different schools. My dad is in the military so we moved around a lot (I speak in past tense because for me I'm going to college) so it's a great way to be able to communicate with her friends in other states, who will also suggest friends of theirs that have recently obtained one. Some people use FB to put tracking cookies or viruses, (which can be combated by Norton security system,) or be malicious and try to learn more about the child so they can harm them, but parents can check and make sure who they're interacting with is safe and friendly. If someone is cyberbullying, or maybe your child is cyberbullying, and you can see it when you check, talk to your kids about it, it will help them stop the bully, or if they're being mean, ask your child why she or he doesn't like that person and tell them it's never good to hurt people mentally or physically, in person or online. There are ads, but you shouldn't really pay attention to those though. Ask your child to report innapropriate ads. Also, you can take off messages if you didn't mean to do something, chats also, but if your child is being cyberbullied the bully is likely to keep insulting. And if one of your friends is their friends and uses language, politely ask if they can stop, and remember to tell your child it's inappropriate, but they should already know that by now. Encourage your child to not spend a long time on there so you can hang out, and help them make a password that noone could think of, like GYT76!!@help write this down somewhere so your kid can remember it. There is innapropriate stuff though, but if you watch your kids they shouldn't really see it (as it will be on people's walls that are not their friends.) Apps such as Vampire Wars, Mafia Wars, Farmville, Fronteirville, and Happy Pets are all kid friendly ( Mafia and Vampire Wars do have violence involved but there are only pictures of bloodied weapons and job names like 'Kill of Werewolf Clan'. Bloodied weapons, (I think) are fine for ages 8+ if you think about video games) All in all, parents can make FB safe for their kids by monitering and checking friends.
Educator and Parent of a 17 and 18+ year old Written bybjccot February 4, 2011
It has become the necessary social connection, and the usual slippery slope down for younger and younger audiences (what is it that slides downhill?). As a tech.coordinator for my small school, I am struggling with how to educate kids, parents, and other teachers about age-appropriate behavior on websites -- what should I do when I hear about a fifth-grade teacher encouraging students to set up a Facebook account? The school has no specific policies in place, so I should start the policy-making process. But to my mind, this case is a pretty straightforward issue: Facebook itself declares a minimum age limit. Adults should NOT ever encourage students to bypass that. In addition to that legal distinction, I believe Facebook is an insecure place with shifting sands of privacy settings hard enough for savvy college students to navigate, let alone immature tweenagers. I would strongly discourage Facebook use before high school.
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Parent of a 11 year old Written bytishtay February 16, 2010
OK, as a geek computer user I'm bringing up a kid that is going to be exposed to computers for the rest of her life. I set up her account (yes you are supposed to be 13)....made sure all the controls I could put were in place and retain the passwords and sign on information. I go in EVERY day to make sure no one is contacting her. We have only family on her facebook and one friend that I have approved, who also has his family watching him just as closely. She plays a few of the games and generally keeps in contact with family in this way. Since we live across country this is one of the few ways they get to "talk". We don't allow her to have any personal pictures except for her dog so that is not an issue. We have gone over the safety basics and have made it very clear that this is a learning experience on how to deal with the internet. I've had less problems with facebook than with some other "kid friendly" sites....I have to say the ONLY way we would have her on facebook is if I am vigilant on looking all the time at what is going on. That being said we've had a lot of fun and good experiences.
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Adult Written bymdg0421 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byryan19812012. January 10, 2016

Facebook has put a banned on me for the last time i have reported hateful and abusive comments to facebook they always come back they didn't violate their tos i'm sick of facebook

I can't use my facebook to make this review. They put a 7 day block on my account. Because they said i posted a comment that violated their TOS. But other people are allowed to post the most nasty, abusive, vile degrading comments to me as they please. But if i tell them off regardless if they are black or muslim. I'm the one who facebook punished and blacks me for 2 days, then 3 days now its 7 days. I've have it with the racist and hurtful comments posted by people of different races, but they are allowed to say hurtful things to them. But my comments didn't contain any racist or any threats of violence. I just merly told them OFF. But i have had it with facebook and their bans. I haven't been able to talk with my friends for the past 6 days. So i am using this to vent my anger about facebook, UNFAIR treatment and they need to be exposed. And i'm not the only "WHITE" person facebook has done this to. It seems its only "WHITE" people have been put 24 hour bans or 7 day bans. While blacks can refer to us "WHITE PEOPLE" as "WHITE TRASH". I have reported those type of racist comments, but facebook always replies that they don't violate their TOS. WTF my comments did contain any threats or racial slurs. I HAVE NEVER REFERRED TO BLACK PEOPLE AS BLACK TRASH, like they have called me and the entire "WHITE RACE". And their racist comments don't get removed and they don't get a 24 hour ban, or no type of punishment. My lastest unfair banned was for 7 days, and all while people still sent me nasty and vile comments all because i defended my self. I am very disappointed at facebook for their handling these cyberbullies from blacks, whites and all races. But instead they punished the VICTIM, which is me who has been treated unjustly on facebook. This is personal between me and facebook for how they treated me. All people use facebook for is to harass people.
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Too much swearing
Adult Written bySara M. November 29, 2016

Facebook doesn't care

Facebook does not remove pictures of dead and beaten babies or women if reported. They say it doesn't violate their community standards. I have seen people post porn and other disgusting things and Facebook doesn't remove them. Facebook is NOT for children.
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Adult Written byJill L. October 23, 2016

Horrible customer service

I have been on facebook for over 10 years with no problems. I got married 10-8-16 and tried to change my name to my new married name (Jill Lord) and was told that I can't change my name to a religious figure and was told that I needed to upload a picture of my ID. I am getting my ID changed next week but it's ridiculous that I am not allowed to change my name unless uploading a picture of my ID. Did I mention that Instagram is apparently owned by facebook and that Instagram allowed me to change my name easily without jumping through hoops and ladders? This has made me realize that facebook is STUPID.
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Parent Written bysimo w. September 12, 2016

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