Alex Wright is a former Facebook employee and social media expert with over 15 years’ experience working in digital media. He has worked with some of the biggest organisations in the world and has a wealth of knowledge in understanding how social media platforms work and how they engage their audience.See more from Alex Wright
What Parents and Carers Need to Know about Facebook
This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook. It highlights a number of risks such as cyberbullying, strangers and the addictive nature of Facebook.
A free online safety guide on Facebook.
With 2.9 billion users, Facebook, owned by the recently rebranded Meta, is the world’s most popular social media platform. It encourages interaction with other people by (among other things) adding them as friends, reacting to or commenting on their content, sharing images and videos, posting status updates, joining groups and playing games. Facebook is free, and anyone over 13 can join – but with no age verification, younger children can easily create an account: it’s likely your child is already familiar with the platform, even if they don’t yet use it themselves.
In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as cyberbullying, strangers and the addictive nature of Facebook.