Why Your Child's Facebook Photos Should Be Private

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    Facebook Private Photos

    For parents of teenagers in the digital age, protecting them from online abuse is a constant struggle. The very real danger of child predators is one fear, the threat of online bullying is another. 

    Facebook is the largest and most-visited social media site, and it allows users as young as 13 to sign up for accounts. It's a good idea to have a frank conversation with your child before they're allowed to sign up for Facebook, and let them know what kind of behavior is acceptable,...MORE what's safe and to never reveal personal information to anyone they don't know.

    There are a few steps parents can take to ensure their kids are protected on Facebook, including keeping control over their kids' photos and photos of them. 

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    Facebook Photo Privacy Settings for Kids

    First, there's an unwritten rule that you don't share photos of other people's children on Facebook (or any other social media platform) without the parents' permission. The official Facebook rule is that they won't act to remove photos in which your child is tagged or otherwise identified if the child is over 13. So it's up to you as the parent to make sure your child's photos are protected.

    Check your child's privacy settings (and for anyone under 18, mom and dad...MORE should have password access to their Facebook account, sorry kids) and make sure no one can tag them in photos without their permission. Activate the setting that prevents any tags by other users to require approval before they appear on your child's Facebook timeline. 

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    Choose Your Privacy Settings

    To make your photos private, from the Settings menu, click on the link to Timeline and Tagging Settings in the left column menu. From here, you can decide who can and can't tag you in photos, and who sees your photos. Remember these settings may vary from your general privacy settings unless you adjust them accordingly. 

    No matter what your Facebook photo settings are, there are a few things privacy experts recommend when posting photos of your children. Never use a child's full name,...MORE date of birth or place of birth on a photo, and don't tag photos of children with a geographic location. 

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    Adjust Privacy Settings for Each Album

    You can fine-tune the settings for each of your photo albums or your child's photo albums on Facebook. Decide whether to adjust them so they're either visible to everyone, friends of friends, or just friends. You can also make a custom setting that allows you to block specific people from viewing your photos.

    If you're afraid of pictures being stolen, set privacy to only friends and use a digital watermark.

    For pictures of friends, especially those in public situations, consider...MORE sharing with friends or friends of friends. Be sure you know who your child's Facebook friends are before you allow this setting, however, and review their friends regularly (at least once a month if not more), to make sure there are no questionable characters on the list. 

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    When All Else Fails Contact Facebook

    Facebook is notoriously slow to respond to users' concerns but has stepped up its efforts to create safe spaces within its community in response to complaints about cyberbullying. If you or your child has a problem on Facebook, whether it's a creepy stalker or a bully, the best place to start is the Facebook Help section: https://www.facebook.com/help/.