I was running a social media workshop recently and there was a presentation on ‘Safely increasing participation through social media’ from NSPCC and the Black Country Safeguarding forum. A few key points they highlighted about using Facebook were:
- set up to attract followers not friends (so you don’t see details of participants private lives that you shouldn’t know about.
- set the appropriate privacy settings on your own Facebook
- don’t accept follower/friend request from under 13s.
They also suggested we should all disable the Google search option on our private Facebook accounts. This stops details of our private lives from being found via Google.
The NSPCC have produced some guidelines on ‘using social networking services and social media: promoting safe and responsible use’ which explains this and other steps you can follow in more detail.