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February 09, 2010


Andrea Hernandez

An excellent post, and, for me, very timely. My colleague and I had a "coffee talk" this morning for parents of elementary and middle school students to discuss "Facebook and Our Children". Reading your post, the suggestions that resonated most with me (and had me nodding my head in agreement) were less the specific recommendations for privacy settings and more the overriding message that parents be committed to learning and discussing the growing up online world with their children.
That said, I agree with your recommendations for privacy settings as well and will share this post with parents who are looking for some guidelines. They are sensible and you do a good job of explaining the reasoning behind each suggestion.


This is a much-needed post. Too often, social networking dangers and pitfalls pile up before parents and children have time to adjust. I also agree with Andrea about how crucial it is for parents to be involved in their children's online experience. It's something we stress at Dulcinea Media, particularly in our Web guides to Social Networking [http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Technology/Internet/Social-Networking.html] and Internet Safety for Kids [http://www.findingdulcinea.com/guides/Technology/Internet/Internet-Security/Internet-Safety-for-Kids.html]


One effective way of monitoring our kids internet activity is installing a parental control software to block all unwanted sites. There are a lot of free softwares available out there and one of them can be found on TUKI (The Ultimate Kids' Internet).


Thanks for the great advice. Just one thing I couldn't do - delete the friends list. I couldn't see the pencil icon anywhere. Any tips?

Laura Deisley


If you go to your profile, then scroll down to where your friends are listed on the left hand side. There is a pencil icon to the right of where it says "Friends." It is here that I was able to change the setting.

Mark Lavel

We were implementing a FaceBook Connect feature on our social networking website. This was right before all the recent news regarding privacy concerns. Well that feature is pretty much dead in the water now! It did bring up some pretty serious issues however, and it's good that this news is getting out and reaching the general public. One feature we added is an account suspension due to inactivity within a 30 day period. It seems odd that FB doesn't do this - for example if a FB member dies, their account remains active?? By making their accounts go inactive if no one logs in after 30 days it would help this..

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i like this part of the post:"This means the child is emotionally stable; is well-adjusted in school or other face to face environments with his or her peers; and, the parents are not experts but they are willing to be involved in their child's learning to "live online."" is very good

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I totally agree with your points regarding Facebook privacy settings to protect children from malicious activities.

Parent should be more careful and watchful of their children's safety these days, especially when they use Web 2.0 services like Facebook.

Also make sure you check your privacy setting to block Facebook from taking your pictures and photos for advertising purposes. Apparently if you don't, there is guideline somewhere that states Facebook might be able to use uploaded photos of your child for add banners within its network.

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Great Work Done by you. I am become fan of you. Currently , Facebook is the most popular in the world and finally it has got PR 10. Thousands of people are addicted of it and can't live without browsing it.

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