Facebook is a social networking site that allows members to connect and share with the people, places and things that they care about.
Website URL: www.facebook.com
Facebook is available to people over the age of 13. Facebook will not create an account for a person who lists their age as under 13.
By creating an account, you agree to comply with Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. For a succinct explanation of what can and cannot be posted to Facebook, check out the
Community Standards page.
Right: an example of Facebook's message if you list your age as under 13.
Basic information you choose to share via the site (such as your name, profile picture and gender) is publicly available. However, by default, you can only share what you post with a maximum audience of the friends of your friends. Even if you change your privacy settings to Public, your information will only be shared with Friends and Friends of Friends. This is different from adults, who can choose to share publicly.
Some things, like your contact information, school or birthday may only be visible to your friends, friends of your friends, and/or other minors.
You can choose to limit the audience with whom you share to only your friends, or just some of those friends. The Custom privacy settings allow you to specify who is able and not able to view the content you share. You can choose to share with or exclude specific networks, friends and friend lists. You can also limit some of the information you post on Facebook to Only Me.
If you create an account aged 18 or over, Facebook’s key privacy settings are Public, Friends, Only Me and Custom. By default, some of your privacy settings are set to Public including your name, profile picture, gender, status updates and photos you post to your profile. Other privacy settings are set to Friends by default including contact information, places you check in to and your first post (if you are a new person joining Facebook). You can control who can see what you choose to share on Facebook by using the privacy settings.
You can also use Facebook’s Custom privacy settings to specify who is able and not able to view the content you share. You can choose to share with or exclude specific networks, friends and friend lists. You can also limit some of the information you post on Facebook to “Only Me”.
An overview of the differences between privacy settings and sharing options for people aged 13-17 and 18+ is available at Facebook’s Minors & Privacy page.
You can adjust your default privacy settings for the following sections:
Privacy shortcuts for key settings on Facebook are available in the toolbar when you log in to your account. To access these privacy settings, you can:
Right: an example the Facebook privacy shortcuts.
Facebook allows you to edit your profile information and control what groups of people (public, friends, only me or custom) can view this information. Your profile information includes basic information (for example, location, date of birth, about me) and contact information.
To access and adjust these settings, you can:
Right: an example of where to edit your profile information.
When posting on Facebook you can choose who sees your status updates, photos and information using Facebook's inline audience selector.
Below is an example of Facebook's inline audience selector. The drop down menu (highlighted by the circle) shows you where you can select who can see your posts. The drop down menu will provide you a list of options that includes making the post viewable to the public, friends only, a list of friends you have already created or you can create a new customised list.
To learn more about the inline audience selector visit Facebook's Sharing page.
Lists give you an optional way to share a post with a custom audience, or exclude some friends from a post based on how well you know them.
You can choose to share or hide content from one or more of your lists using the inline audience selector. For example, you can use Facebook's default lists, including close friends or acquaintances, or you can create custom lists, for family members, work colleagues or team mates.
You can also add people to your Restricted list. When you add someone to your Restricted list, they will only be able to see your public content or your posts that you've tagged them in.
To do this you can:
Right: an example of Lists on Facebook.
Timeline is your collection of the photos, stories, and experiences that tell your story on Facebook. You control who can see what's on your Timeline. For more information about how to do this, check out Facebook's Timeline Privacy page.
You can also see what your timeline looks like to other people by using the View As tool. To access this toll you can:
Keep in mind, posts and photos you've hidden on your timeline are still visible to the audience they're shared with on Facebook, like in news feed and search. If you want to manage photos or posts that other people post to Facebook about you, please use the Remove/Request tool in Activity Log (discussed below).
At the top of your Timeline, you have a link to view activity in your private Activity Log. It is a list of everything you've done or posted on Facebook and is only visible to you.
For an overview of all of your posts and activity on Facebook, use Activity Log. Activity Log lets you easily review your own activity on Facebook, such as your likes and comments, photos of you and posts you've been tagged in. You can also sort information in your Activity Log to quickly see public photos you're tagged in and have hidden from your timeline, but which still appear in other places on Facebook. Only you can see your Activity Log.You can access your activity log by clicking the Activity Log button on your timeline, in the bottom right hand corner of your cover photo.
Right: an example Facebook's Activity Log.
You can adjust your browsing and login security to select browsing via a secure connection (https) whenever possible, or receive a notification when an unrecognised computer tries to access your account.
To adjust your security settings, you can:
Right: an example of Facebook's security settings.
You can remove anything that you have posted on your Facebook Timeline or anything you have posted on Facebook.
To remove a post, you can:
Right: an example of how to remove a wall post or story on Facebook.
The best way to report abusive content on Facebook is by using the Report link that appears near the content itself. Facebook allows you to abusive content for a number of different features, including:
Facebook's How to Report Things page has instructions on how to report abusive content for the different features.
If you have reported something to Facebook you can check the status of this report through your Account Settings.
To access your Account Settings, you can:
Right: an example of how to report cyberbullying or abuse on Facebook.
If you see something on Facebook that you don't like, but it doesn't violate the Facebook Terms, you can use the report links to send a message to the person who posted it instead of reporting it to Facebook. You can also use this feature if you don't want to report the person directly, but would like to ask them to remove the content.
For example, if you are reporting a photo of yourself, you can easily send the person who posted it a message letting them know you don't like it.
To report to a person directly, you can:
In cases of bullying or harassment, where you don't feel comfortable reaching out to the person directly, you can use social reporting to get help from a parent, teacher or trusted friend. You can share that piece of content and a message about the situation with someone you trust.
To report to someone you trust, you can:
A block prevents a person from starting conversations with you or seeing things you post on your profile. Blocking is mutual, so they will also become invisible to you as well.
To block a user, you can:
For more information visit Facebook's Blocking People page
Facebook is free to join and use.
For a fee, you can purchase virtual goods in many games and apps on the Facebook site. Virtual goods can be purchased using a credit card, PayPal, mobile phone and other local payment methods.
You can check your balance, view recent purchases and associated receipts by clicking on the Payments tab in your Settings.For more information visit the Facebook Game Payments page.