Last night, I went to a very helpful seminar geared to parents of children who are or will be on facebook. While I had explored several of the privacy and security settings myself, there were many more that I hadn't come accross yet and likely wouldn't have... so it was very helpful.
The main take-aways for parents:
- there is no guarantee of privacy on facebook
- nothing is really ever deleted from the facebook servers
- schools and employers take facebook seriously when evalutating applicants
- you're only as 'private' as your least 'private' friend (as soon as they comment on something of your's it's out there for all of their 'friends')
- go to Account-Privacy Settings and set everything under Sharing on Facebook to "Friends Only"
- also under Privacy Settings - go to Connecting on Facebook and preview your profile - make sure you're comfortable with what EVERYONE can see!
- as a minimum under Connecting on Facebook - make your friends list visible to only your friends - this is really only fair to your friends!
- check back often because facebook is an always changing forum and the security options and settings may change at any time. (They already did some months back and some users are not aware)
Now, don't get me wrong, I am enjoying my facebook experience... but there have been too many examples of people getting caught in situations they needn't have, so we all just need to be aware and take the measures we can to protect ourselves and those we love.
Happy social networking!