Sue Scheff: Parenting, Teens and Facebook


Today more and more teens are joining Facebook as well as the other Social Network - however Facebook seems to be growing. Why? I honestly don’t know, but I do know parents are enjoying Facebook as much as many kids are. Recently I stumbled over an article on Tangerine Times written by a parent helping us navigate our way through the Social Cyberspace. This topic is critical - as keeping your child’s privacy is important for many reasons. Help your kids stay safe with Social Networking - read this valuable article.


How to Help Your Teen Use Privacy Settings on Facebook


Many parents tell me they are frustrated with their teens’ use of Facebook. Here are some of the comments I hear frequently from parents:


“They know more than I do about how to use it and set it up, so how can I control it?”


“My kids are using it when I am not around, so how can I possibly know what they are doing, who they are talking to and if they are being safe with their information?”


“I feel this has gotten out of control, and I don’t really know what to do to get it back under control”


“I am afraid there are predators.”


“I give up. I just hope they aren’t doing anything stupid because I haven’t a clue what they are doing online.”


What I see are parents who over control (they deny their kids use of Facebook entirely) or parents who are completely “hands off”. And some of these are parents who normally wouldn’t dream of sending their child into an unknown situation without a little research. Crazy huh? I’ve decided to begin a campaign to de-mystify Facebook for those parents who feel they are not comfortable enough to set boundaries for their teens. It’s not rocket science but I completely understand their frustration in trying to understand it all.

Here are some tips about privacy settings on Facebook. It is never too late to ask your teenager about their privacy settings, even if they have had their account for years.

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