Facebook Privacy Chart for Teens

Recommended Facebook Privacy Settings for Teens

Facebook’s default privacy settings are not for everyone – especially minors – which is why the service allows users to customize their settings. The following chart shows ConnectSafely’s recommendations for most teens. We realize that not all teens have the same level of maturity and that not all parents have the same rules for their kids’ online socializing, so please review this chart with your teens to help set the right privacy settings for them. For more on Facebook safety and privacy for teens, please see our booklet A Parents’ Guide to Facebook.

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Contents:

Edit Profile Settings

Contact Information in Profile

Basic Privacy Settings

Customized Privacy Settings

Things Others Share

Contact Information

Application Privacy Settings

Block Users and Invites

Edit Profile Settings - Basic Information

Setting

Recommendation for teens

Current city

Generally OK

Hometown

Generally OK

Interested In

Leave blank or think about whether the interests you type in reflect positively on you

Looking For

Leave blank

Political Views

Think about how filling this in might affect people’s perception of you and whether it could subject you to bullying

Religious Views

Generally OK, but – as above – filling this in might affect people’s perception of you

Bio

Generally OK, but don’t go overboard – think about how your info might look to others

Favorite Quotation

Probably OK, but check back in every now and then to see if it still represents you

Profile Picture

An appropriate photo of yourself or an object or cartoon character that represents you; or just leave blank

Relationship Status

Leave blank

Education and Work

Generally OK to list your school. Consider not listing employer

Likes and Interests
(activities, music, books, movies, etc.)

Generally OK but think about what you list, how it will be perceived & whether it will subject you to bullying

Contact Information in Profile

Setting

Recommendation for Teens

Emails

Generally OK, but make available to Friends Only in Customized Privacy Settings

IM Screen Name(s)

Generally OK, but make available to Friends Only in Customized Privacy Settings

Mobile Phone

Leave blank

Other phone

Leave blank

Address/City/Town/Zip and Neighborhood

Leave blank

Website

Generally OK


Basic Privacy Settings

Setting

Recommendation for Teens

Basic Privacy Settings

Friends Only & click “Apply These Settings”


Customized Privacy Settings

(Click “Customize settings” at bottom of page.)

Setting

Recommendation

Posts by me

Friends Only

Family

Friends Only

Relationships

Only Me

Interested and looking for

Only Me

Bio and favorite quotations

Friends Only

Website

Friends Only

Religious and political views

Only Me or perhaps Friends Only

Places I check into

Only Me

Include me in “People Here Now” after I check in

Disable

Things Others Share
(Click “Customize settings” at bottom of page and scroll to
section in left-hand column below.)

Photos and videos I’m tagged in

Friends Only

Can comment on posts

Friends Only

Friends can post on my Wall

Friends Only

Friends can check me in to Places

Disable

Contact Information

Setting

Recommendation for Teens

Mobile phone

Customize & limit to people they know & trust or “Only Me”

Other phone

Customize & limit to people they know & trust or “Only Me”

Address

Customize & limit to “Only Me”

IM screen name

Friends Only

Email address

Friends Only

Application Privacy Settings

Setting

Recommendation for Teens

Applications you use

Review apps with your kids and remove any that are inappropriate

Info accessible through your friends

Review list. Disable most. Definitely disable “Places I check into”

Game and application activity

Friends Only & customize to even fewer people

Instant personalization

Uncheck “Enable instant personalization on partner website”

Public search

Disable if enabled (for minors, the default is now “Enable when I’m 18”

Block Users and Application & Event Invites from specific user
(Click “Block Lists” at bottom of Privacy Settings page.)

Setting

Recommendation for Teens

Instructions

Edit your (block) list

Block any individuals who are annoying you or who you wish to avoid

Block users you wish to avoid. You can also block application and event invites from specific people and block or unblock specific applications from contacting you or using your contact information


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