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 [email protected]
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.