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Facebook – Privacy Settings eased for Teen users

Parents still need to take an active role to ensure responsible use of home Internet resources.  As often shared, don’t put anything on a social network you would not want on front page of newspaper.

http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Eases-Privacy-Settings-for-Teens.html

http://newsroom.fb.com/News/737/Teens-Now-Start-With-Friends-Privacy-for-New-Accounts-Adding-the-Option-to-Share-Publicly

QUOTE:  Facebook has eased its privacy settings for 13 to 17-year-old users, enabling them to now share photos updates and comments with the public. The change went into effect immediately after the announcement on Wednesday. “Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard,”

Facebook wrote in a blog post announcing the change. “While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services.”  The privacy settings for teenagers were previously set to “Friends of Friends” as a default. Their default will now be set to just “Friends,” a narrower audience, but they will have the choice to make their posts public. However, a small warning will pop up when teenagers try to set their posts to public, giving them one last warning that anyone can see their online content once they make it accessible.

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