How to Prevent Facebook Problems for Children, Teens

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Facebook is by far the most popular social networking site on the Internet. With more than 7 million people using the site a month, it’s no wonder Facebook is constantly in the news. It has allowed people to communicate across the globe and even to reconnect with old friends.

Unfortunately, the explosive popularity of social media has also led to some problems. For children and adolescents, there have been highly publicized incidents with predators, bullying, unhealthy behavioral changes (e.g. anxiety, addiction), and even suicide.

It’s important for parents to responsibly monitor online activity and set restrictions. Once information is posted on the Internet, it doesn’t go away– including pictures and status updates you may post about your children. Without strict privacy settings, these things are open to the public.

Most people believe social networking is not dangerous in and of itself, but there are things you should do as a parent to ensure your child’s safety and prevent the development of negative online behaviors. Read what PsychCentral recommends to parents for Facebook use.

Teach Children Upsides and Downsides of Facebook, Social Media – PsychCentral.com

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PsychCentral.comTeach Children Upsides and Downsides of Facebook, Social MediaPsychCentral.comChuck Smith, professor emeritus at Kansas State University, says increased usage of Facebook by children has sparked questions of how to prevent cyberbullyi …

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Rhonda C February 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

It’s so hard to monitor Facebook usage and that doesn’t help. I tried to keep my kids off Facebook but found out that they went around us and signed up while at friends’ homes. They aren’t allowed to access FB on our home computer as I blocked the site, but I know this doesn’t stop them.

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Rich Presta February 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm

It sounds like you’re doing the best you can and limiting it at home makes a huge difference I’m sure. I don’t think we’re at a stage where it can be completely prevented because it’s so mainstream and integrated into our lives, so we may also be better off allowing usage to some degree if age appropriate and then monitoring.

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