How To Set Up Facebook Parental Controls
Privacy and Security on Facebook
Privacy and Security Features
General Account Settings
- Log in to your child’s Facebook account.
- Tap the small arrow in the upper right hand corner, and select Settings. A column of Privacy and Security options will appear. We’ve included the most important ones for you to navigate below.
- General: Allows you to change your child’s contact information, direct notifications to your own inbox, and deactivate the account if necessary.
- Security and Login: Allows you to change your child’s password, set up two-factor authentication, and authorize devices that don’t require passwords to log in to the account.
- Your Facebook Information: Allows you to view, download, and delete your child’s personal information from Facebook.
- Privacy: Allows you to determine whether your child’s profile is “Public,” available only to Friends, or even a customized selection. You can manage who can see their account activity, can send them friend requests, and use their personal information to find and contact them. You can also prevent your child’s profile from appearing in search engine results.
- Timeline and Tagging: Allows you to adjust whether other people can tag your child in photos or posts of their own, as well as reviewing posts they’re tagged before it appears on their timeline.
- Blocking: Allows you to block someone from viewing your child’s posts or send messages or event invites. You can also block entire pages.
- Face Recognition: Allows you to set whether or not you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos.
- Public Posts: Allows you to regulate access to your child’s public posts, including who can follow them and who can like or comment.
Controlling the News Feed
- Tap the triple-dot icon located at the top-right corner of the post.
- A drop-down menu will give you the options to:
- Hide the post from the Feed
- Snooze the source for 30 days
- Unfollow the source
- Give feedback on the post
- Tap the More information icon in the bottom-right corner of the post’s cover photo. If you hover the mouse over it, the text will read, “Show more information about this link.”
- A pop-up window called “About This Website” will appear. It contains a brief summary of what the organization does, how long they’ve been active on Facebook, when the link was first shared, other content from this source, and more.
- If you don’t trust the source, use the tools outlined above to report, unfollow, or block them.
Protecting from Potential Harm
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