How can I stay safe on Facebook and what safety resources are available to me?

Here are a few things you can do to stay safe on Facebook:
  1. Learn how to use Facebook's privacy shortcuts and settings to comfortably share and connect with others.
  2. Learn how to recognize sensitive content and behavior and how to report it.
  3. Remember these simple rules about staying safe online:
    • Never share your password.
    • Think before you post.
    • Adjust your privacy settings and review them often.
    • Only accept friend requests from people you know personally.
    • Report things that look suspicious.

Learn more about internet safety from these resources:
  • Facebook's Bullying Prevention Hub provides resources and tips that help teens, parents and educators deal with bullying and its consequences.
  • MTV's A Thin Line: This campaign empowers kids to identify, respond to and stop the spread of digital abuse in their own lives. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact.
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works to track and bring offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
  • Childnet International works to track and bring offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
  • provides trustworthy information and education to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology.
  • is an online forum that gives teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth online. It also offers many other resources, such as social-media safety tips for teens and parents.
  • Cyberbullying Research Center provides up-to-date information about cyberbullying among adolescents and serves as a center of information about the ways adolescents use and misuse technology.
  • works to make the online world safer for families by encouraging best practices and tools that respect free expression in the field of online safety.
  • serves as the US’s resource on missing and sexually exploited children. It provides information and resources to law enforcement and other professionals, parents and children, including child victims.
  • is a program of the US's Federal Trade Commission that provides practical tips to avoid internet fraud.
  • UK Council for Internet Safety is a collection of research about internet safety.
  • WiredSafety has tools to help young people make smart media and technology choices. Three of their popular programs are STOP cyberbullying, Teenangels and WiredCops.
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