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Parent reviews for Facebook

Common Sense says

Huge social site connects, serves ads; check settings.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 206 reviews

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age 12+
Based on 568 reviews
Adult 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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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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Adult Written byEnoeth E. May 12, 2017

Total crap. Waste of time on all levels. You're better off not using it, trust me.

Also you can't even contact support even though you're a business and they expect to give them money ... what a joke!!!

No contact support form or email, NOTHING!

But they abusively remove your business page without asking you anything. Even though you have trademarks for the page's name!

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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 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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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 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 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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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 10 year old Written bysaftyj101 May 12, 2010

teens not kids under 13

NOT FOR KIDS

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Adult Written bymuddypaws07 October 25, 2019

Deceptively commercial and very loosely monitored

We know this social media platform bombards our kids with kinds of information and social situations that may not serve them or support healthy psychosocial development. Add significant privacy concerns and Facebook’s ongoing willingness to allow distortions and outright lies of information on its site and, I believe, we have a recipe for disaster even for older teens.

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Parent of a 12 year old Written bySamuel21 September 25, 2019

Fine if you friend your child

As long as you and your child go over internet safety and you friend your child everything will be fine just make sure to check in with them sometimes

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Adult Written byrommeljamestizon1 July 25, 2019

Fb Account is delete on last 3 years ago. Resulting in Old.

Parent of a 9, 12, and 15 year old Written byBOBRANCHERED June 25, 2019

ALL MY KIDS HAVE THIS APP

This app is so useful to my family! All of my kids use it and they actually make lots of friends on it! It is a good way for all of use to communicate.
Parent of a 2 year old Written byAnounymous June 19, 2019
Adult Written byinvisigoth March 13, 2019

facebook is an evil entity

from harvesting and selling user data to draconian and arbitrary harassment of users, facebook’s activities are disgraceful. i strongly advise all users to delete their accounts and delete the app off their devices- and under no circumstances allow your children to use it.

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Adult Written bydstanger65 March 13, 2019

Site doesn't work most of the time/horrible and cruel posts

The site doesn't work half the time, they don't stop the harassment and bullying on their page either.

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Adult Written byMahoney81 February 19, 2019

They are just scam

They just rob people. I created my account, created an advertisement, paid for it. And right after payment my account was blocked without any reason. And I can't get my money back. Keep away from these scams.

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Adult Written byDasafewright February 2, 2019

Pornography is no longer blocked

I've been a Facebook user since 2011, and have found Facebook to be a great site for blogging and communication. It has been until recently that Facebook would do a phenomenal job at blocking pornography and sexual activities. I'm usually not petty enough to report items, but recently pornography has become a problem on my timeline, and when I do report something that is sexually explicit, i.e. sexual activity involving body parts, Facebook no longer sees it as a problem and does nothing about it. I'm very disappointed in facebooks attempts to hide pornography, because obviously they care very little what children are viewing. Even with those posts you ask yourself "why is there a graphic content warning on this?" you'll find that they dont even ATTEMPT to use that on pornography, and just let it slide. Parents, I wouldn't want to tell you what age to let your child use Facebook, but I would recommend occasionally checking your child's friend list or posts by suspicious accounts.

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Adult Written byDavid W. January 27, 2019

Facebook Is Scary

There are a bunch of hackers on Facebook that are trying to steal your and/or your kids' private and personal information. Facebook itself, is even trying to steal information through its games!!! There are even profiles that are fake! There is fake information about the "person", fake photos, and even suggestive and risque photos! Social media is not a safe website, anymore! Facebook is terrible and really horrifying! The social media site allows hackers to come on to the site.

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