A Parents’ Guide to Facebook was designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. That’s important because 1) if something goes wrong, we want our children to come to us and 2) as the Internet becomes increasingly social and mobile, a parent’s guidance and support are ever more key to young people’s well-being in social media and technology.
The guide features hands-on, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, as well as parenting points on safety, privacy, and reputation protection. It covers both cellphone and computer-based use of Facebook and the site’s newest features, including Places, Groups, and the latest privacy updates.
A Parents’ Guide to Facebook was written by Anne Collier and Larry Magid of ConnectSafely.org and published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.
About ConnectSafely: ConnectSafely (connectsafely.org) is for parents, teens, educators, advocates and everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web. The user-driven, all-media, multi-platform, fixed and mobile social Web is a big part of young people’s lives and this is the central space linked to from social networks across the Web for learning about safe, civil use of Web 2.0 together. ConnectSafely advises the Internet industry, other non-profits and government on best practices and policies.
Co-directors Larry Magid andÂ Anne Collier, both journalists and Internet safety advocates, served on the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group and the Berkman Center’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force. They also operate SafeKids.com and NetFamilyNews.org. ConnectSafely’s supporters include Google, TrendMicro, AT&T, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, AOL, Loopt, Togetherville, Symantec, Glympse, and Tiny Planets.
About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition: The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe.org) is an international coalition of more than 100 leaders worldwide with a shared vision of seeing generations of the world’s children grow up safely using technology and the Internet. Coalition members include policy leaders, industry, public health, child advocacy, law enforcement, and education experts, working together to bring all communities into full digital citizenship. iKeepSafe tracks global trends and issues surrounding Web-based products and develops positive, research-based resources to teach the safe and healthy use of connected technologies. Internationally, iKeepSafe has outreach programs in Australia, China, Dubai, Nigeria, the UK and US. IKeepSafe is a member of Egypt’s Cyberpeace Initiative with First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, the EastWest Institute’s Cybersecurity initiatives, and the International Telecommunication Union’s Child Online Protection Initiative.