Facebook Controls

Locking Down Facebook

Here we look at parental controls for the popular social networking site Facebook.

If your child uses Facebook, logon to their account and on the upper right corner click Account > Privacy Setting.

To better understand all the settings, you can click Learn more in the Controlling How You Share section in the lower right corner of the page.

On the main Privacy Settings Page in the Connecting on Facebook section, click View Settings.

Here are some settings you probably want to mark as Friends Only:

  • Send you messages
  • See your friend list
  • See your education and work
  • See your current city and hometown
  • See your likes, activities and other connections

On the main Privacy Settings Page, in the Sharing on Facebook section, you should select Friends Only to apply it to all the settings. Next, click the Customize settings button. Then on the bottom of the Things I share section, click Edit privacy settings for existing photo albums and videos, and you should make each Friends Only.

If you have anyone that you don’t want contacting your child or seeing any of your child’s profile or activity, you can block them in addition to removing them as a Friend. In the Block Lists section on the bottom of the main Privacy Settings Page click Edit your lists.

You may also want to review the Apps and Websites settings by clicking the Edit your settings link in that section on the main Privacy Settings Page. However, there aren’t any crucial settings here.

Lastly, you should make a security change to better protect your child’s Facebook password and activity from being seen while using open Wi-Fi hotspots. In the upper right corner, click Account > Account settings. Then click Account Security, select the Secure Browsing option, and click Save. This enables HTTPS, as Facebook uses HTTP by default.

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