Let's Get Face to Face with FACEBOOK - The Facts

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FB Basic facts

Developed in 2004 by then Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg
Operating for 8 years
Facebook is a social networking site used by more than 800 million active users
More users today than the worlds population in 1800's
70 languages
The site’s minimum age is 13
Operates 24/7
250 million photo uploads daily
2011 and 2012 saw FB gift cards released

What is FB?

Share photos
Post videos
Connect with friends
Share personal news
Play games
Plan meetings and get-togethers
Send birthday wishes
Recommend restaurants
Support charities
Announce location

Risks of FB

Harassment or “cyber bullying”
Embarrassed or offended
Psychological harm
Criminals could steal identity or property and even copy your photos to their own storage
Damage to reputation or future prospects
Losing a sense of balance in life
Exposure to inappropriate content
Potential for inappropriate contact with adults
One of the features on Facebook’s mobile applications is the ability to “check in” to a location, which is a way of telling people where you are or have been

Family, friend or foe?

If you haven’t already, consider creating your own account on Facebook so you can “friend” your child
Resist the temptation to make public comments on their pages; that might embarrass them, which can create an unwanted communication barrier between you and your child
Family members can always send each other messages, which are private like email messages
Facebook requires users to enter their real birth date. If they’re under 13 and truthful about their age, they won’t be allowed to sign up. Facebook has some special protections for people under 18

How do I create an account?

Step One - Go to Facebook

Step Two - Select an email

Step Three - Select friends and personal information

Step Four - Profile Picture

Comments and Posts

If you comment on someone’s post, anyone who has access to that post also has access to your comment, regardless of your privacy settings.
Therefore, if someone posts something that can be seen by “Public” and you comment on that post, your comment can be seen by everyone (anyone on Facebook or even anyone on the Internet)
When you 'Like' something it has similar results


Facebook is home to many applications
On a typical day, Facebook users install more than 20 million apps and each month more than 500 million people use a Facebook app
It’s important to know that app developers can sometimes have access to your Facebook information, and there are some games that are able to share some of that information with your friends or others who play the game
As with other aspects of Facebook, you have control over what information they can access
Apps can stream content such as Twitter content to Facebook


There are various limitations with friends
5000 is total amount of friends that any one person can have
People must request you as a friend to view your content if you have it secured
You need to 'confirm' friendships for people to have access to your content
When you 'unfriendly' someone they do not receive notification
Just as you can add friends, you can easily remove them by going to their time line, clicking on the friends icon at the top of their page and selecting 'Unfriend'

Australia Statistics

10,945,940 people use Facebook
19th highest using country in the world
51.48% of the population has an account
Growth in the last month (May 2012) is 286,360
25-36 account for 26% of the Australian market
18-24 account for 24% of the Australian market
13-17 account for 11% of the Australian market
46% are Male and 54% are Female


For adults, the default setting is for everyone to be able to send you messages
Only friends and friends of friends can send messages to users under 18
Both adults and minors can limit who can send messages to only Friends
Unlike posts and writing on someone's wall, using the messages option is similar to email and is a secure option of communication

Mobile FB

People access Facebook via smart phones and other mobile devices, including Android phones, iPhones and a variety of tablets
People often prefer accessing Facebook from their mobile device while they’re on the go.
Early 2012, more than 350 million active users access Facebook through their mobile devices worldwide
Teens can’t be listed in public searches according to Facebook, however, how do young children find friends? I am yet to fully understand this...
Teens cannot share content with the public
Facebook will not display advertisements to teens about adult content, alcohol, dating, gambling and lotteries, health and fitness and subscription services

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