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Advice on Social Networking

Now, as we all know, under the terms and conditions of Facebook; children under the age of 13 are not supposed to have a Facebook account. If we are being honest, we know that many under the age of 13 do!

Therefore the important thing to do is to ensure parents and children have all the information on the subject. I have found some useful guidance courtesy of YHGfL (Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning) regarding the use of Facebook...

    - Mr Hancox

The rise of Facebook has been a national phenomenon over recent years and its popularity has been unprecedented in the UK. Statistics show that, if Facebook was a country (in terms of population), then it would be the third largest in the world; ahead of the United States, Brazil and Pakistan. While for many users it has been a revolutionary way of being able to communicate with others, it has proved difficult to manage for schools, which have seen a rise in cases of cyber bullying and online abuse through Facebook.

The key issue for schools is how to support students (and in many cases parents) with advice on how to remove content or block users. Schools also need to be aware of safeguarding risks from potential predators and the steps to take if a child or young person is being groomed or abused through Facebook.

Unfortunately, there is no single solution (except for not having a profile) and teaching staff, parents and carers need to be aware that guiding a young person through setting up privacy and security settings on an account can be difficult. Also, parents need to be aware of their responsibility and that setting up an account for a child who is under 13 violates section 4.5 on Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilties.

We have put together a series of links and frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help staff to guide young people and parents to manage problems that occur on Facebook.

What are the Facebook terms and conditions?

Every social networking site has a set of rules or community standards that it asks all users to follow when they register a profile or page. It will use these when dealing with a report on rule violation.

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Terms and conditions

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Community standards

 How do I report a young person who has a profile on Facebook and is under the age of 13?

Under the terms and conditions of Facebook, all users who set up a profile must be aged 13 or more (except for Spain or South Korea where it is 14). The reason for this is that as Facebook is a US registered site and under the Children’s On-Line Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) law in the US, data for those aged under 13 is restricted.

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Report an underage child

How do I manage my account settings on Facebook?

When an account is first set up on Facebook, the most important action for any individual is to ensure that their privacy settings are set accordingly. All users should ensure that they follow the Facebook Privacy Page to learn about any changes to privacy or account settings.

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Manage settings

How do I block someone from contacting me on Facebook?

One of the easiest ways to stop someone from sending abusive comments is to block them from being able to send you messages. In order to do this, you will need either their name or email address.

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Blocking people

How do I report abuse on Facebook?

Facebook has a set of community standards that all users must adhere to when creating a profile. Users are able to report various types of abuse that may include a photograph, fake profile or post. However, Facebook states that ‘Our community is diverse, and it's possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without the criteria for being removed or blocked.’ This means that it is up to the discretion of the site administrators to judge whether content violates the standards and should be removed.

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Report abuse

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Report abuse (if you don’t have a Facebook account)

If a user wishes to report child sexual abuse images on Facebook, they should notify the Internet Watch Foundation:

Alternatively, if a user is being groomed online, they should contact Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

How do I report a fake Facebook account?

If a user has set up a fake account in the name of an individual, then this can be reported to Facebook (whether you have an account or not).

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Fake account

How do I check the status of a report that I have submitted?

When someone has submitted a report on Facebook, then can check the status of their report through the ‘Support Dashboard’.

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Check status