Recently, Facebook has made many changes to the way that it handles privacy. One change that may concern parents, in particular, is the new way that teens are allowed to share.
October 16, Facebook announced that teens, age 13-17, will now be able to publicly share posts. Previously, Facebook restricted that age range to only being able to share with friends and friends of friends. Apparently, the change is to allow teens to more broadly share, thus expanding their reach to mirror all other users.
Here are some tips to share with your teen:
- Public posting means that some news organizations, think CNN, will have access to your posts for news coverage.
- Potential employers, will be able to view your posts and take them into consideration when assessing whether you should get a job.
- The internet is here to stay; anything that you post publicly can be viewed and will remain out there for years to come.
- Public posts mean that strangers will have access to whatever information, about you or your family, that you post.
There is nothing wrong with broadening your reach, in safe and contentious ways. What are your thoughts on Facebook's new policy?
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