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FACEBOOK

WHAT IS IT?

Facebook is a social network which lets you create a page about yourself. You can add friends, write on people’s pages, join groups, share photos and videos, and play games. Facebook Live lets you broadcast live videos of yourself using the mobile app. Messenger allows you to instant message in group chats or one to one, using text, audio, photos or videos. It also lets you share your live location with friends.

WHY DO KIDS USE IT?

Facebook is the most widely used social media site and one of the most effective online marketing tools. Many teens don’t find Facebook to be as “cool” as other social media sites – after all, their parents use it – but they often maintain a presence on it even if they don’t actively use it.

RISKS

Sexual - HIGH

Violence - HIGH

Bullying - HIGH

Suicide and/or Self Harm - HIGH

Drugs, Alcohol, crime - HIGH

WHAT CAN I DO?

Explore Facebook's privacy settings with your child. Use the ‘Friends only’ option, so only people they know can see what they're posting.