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Facebook: 10 tips for teenagers

noviembre 19, 2019

Facebook presents the Portal for adolescents, a point of reference for kids who are looking for answers and inspiration on the platform, which includes a list of 10 tips to protect themselves from bullying and privacy problems.

Facebook presents the Portal for teenagers , a point of reference for children who are looking for answers and inspiration on the platform, which includes:

  • Basics of Facebook: short guides on how to get the most out of Facebook products like Pages, Groups, Events and Profile, staying safe, and information on what kind of Facebook data it collects and how it is used.
  • The experiences of peers: stories in the first person of teen from all over the world on how to use technology in a new and creative way
  • Information on how to control your experience: safety tips on how to report content and how to decide who can see what you share.
  • Tips: some tips on what to do if you need a break from social media and some guidelines to get the most out of the internet.

The Portal is available in 60 languages ​​and can be found at the link facebook.com/safety/youth.

Facebook is also looking for new ways to get these suggestions directly to teenagers through their platform. This month, for example, some tips on the News Feed have been shown, as an invitation to check who sees what on your profile and the link to the Bullying Prevention Platform.

Facebook's work with teenagers

In addition to building products that reach teenagers around the world, Facebook is committed to several fronts:

  • Dialogue with adolescents: to build the Portal, Facebook spoke with several groups of teenagers in Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil and listened to many others at events such as the Safer Internet Day workshops in So Paulo, the #WeMatter youth forum in Canada and the Global Safety Network Summit. In the coming months, other round tables will also be organized, to continue learning from young people how they use Facebook.
  • Expansion of the Safety Advisory Board: recologically, Facebook also welcomed Project Rockit to its Security Board, an organization that is committed to fighting bullying in schools.
  • Comparison with experts: Facebook also in direct contact with politicians, privacy experts, companies and user experience designers, to provide adolescents with the tools and information they have shown they need. This work is based on programs already started with net, Diana Award, ChildNet, SaferNet, LearningLinks Foundation.

10 tips for boys

The Portal for adolescents, also includes some tips developed by Liz Perle, an American consultant who has been dealing with young people and emerging trends for years and promotes the activities of young creators, activists and artists.

The list of the 10 principles, published on the Portal, born from the conversations that took place with the teenagers themselves: this is what comes to their mind most often when it comes to online security, a theme that often emerges when people of this generation come to mind where they live their social and creative lives on social media. Liz has always found strange the distinction people make between the "online" and "offline" world, almost as if they were two parallel lives for the Z generation. They are two types of experience that are lived with enthusiasm, simultaneously and in integrated way. The content you create, the conversations that you entertain, the friendships you make and the security measures you take are no less significant online than they are offline. Here are 10 tips:

  1. Think (for five seconds) before actingBefore publishing a content that is visible to everyone, stop and think: "Would I feel comfortable reading it aloud in front of my parents and my grandparents?" At school there will always be people who post excessive content on social media (some of the adults you know do too). Resist temptation, ignore this trend and share the most private details only with your close friends.
  2. Don't open the doors of your life to strangersPay attention to who you invite to enter your personal space and to whom you allow time to spend. Check your friends list regularly and make sure you share your content only with the people you want. Accept friend requests from people you know, carefully monitor anyone else who wants to contact you and remove from your friends those you no longer welcome.
  3. Do not leave the door openYou know it already, but it is good to repeat it: do not share your password with anyone, nor with your friends, nor with the person with whom you go out. Certain risks are never worth it.
  4. Change the lock oftenIf your friend list goes up, check your privacy settings regularly to make sure that the information you've decided to make private and public still fits.
  5. If you see something wrong, don't watchIf you see content that upsets you or bad comments on a friend's post or if you interact with content that doesn't make you feel at ease, tell someone. Immediately send an alert in the app to improve everyone's experience, including yours.
  6. If you don't feel comfortable, talk to someoneIf someone makes you uncomfortable or if using Facebook in general makes you feel sad or causes you stress, trust someone close to you. There is nothing wrong with taking a break from social media.
  7. Do not give personal information to people you have just met good rule don't share your address or your exact location when doing something, as well as not sharing other private details about your life. The same goes for sharing information about your friends without their permission: don't do it.
  8. Behave yourselfYour behaviors are like a boomerang: what you do to others, you will come back. Don't skimp compliments and take a positive attitude when you interact with other people's content.
  9. Trust your instinctsIf something doesn't come back to you in the behavior of a Facebook friend, talk to him. If you don't know whether to share a content or if a link seems strange to you, trust your instincts.
  10. Help othersIt supports the most disadvantaged friends of you, who face more difficulties or simply need a helping hand. If you notice that they are experiencing negative experiences online, intervene. Helping others means engaging so that they can make their voices heard.

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