A new rumor has been sweeping Facebook — that people are stealing photos of your children and posting them to a page called “Infancy.” The status that I saw, which had been shared 600 times back then and more than 3,500 times at the time of writing, claimed that “loads of local kids” were shown, including the author’s own, and demanded the removal of the page. But here’s the deal — the page was automatically generated by Facebook, like this one about rock climbing or this one about food. In fact, above the photographs, it even said “photos of my friends and infancy.”
Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram is under fire from advocates for children’s safety, with more than 4,500 signatures having been collected on a petition on Change.org that calls for Instagram to make the default settings private for users aged 13 through 17, and not geotag- and geolocation-enabled.
There is no shortage of advice for younger users on Facebook, but if the same mistakes weren’t being made, the same type of advice wouldn’t be so valuable. The latest rendition comes from Mobistealth, which tailored its advice on the topic to parents and employers.
With Mother’s Day on the calendar this coming Sunday, Facebook examined the relationships between mothers and their children on the social network, finding that 13 percent of children planned to wish their moms a happy Mother’s Day on Facebook.
Should you be friends with your boss on Facebook? Absolutely not, according to 81 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by question-and-answer site YouTell and opinion-based community SodaHead.
You must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook, but many kids bypass that rule, often with help from their parents. That may not be the best idea, according to blog Babysitting Jobs, which offered 10 reasons why parents should not let their preteen offspring have accounts on the social network.
If your children are in their early to mid-20s, don’t hold your breath waiting for Facebook friend requests from them. That was just one nugget of information from the Facebook Data Science Team, which analyzed posts on the social network that were anonymized and processed automatically by users who identified themselves as parents or children to get a better sense of how families interact with each other on Facebook.
Attention, kids on Facebook: Big Brother may be watching your activity on the social network. If your parents are concerned enough to pay for its service, Big Brother comes in the form of SociallyActive.
A Platform for Good, a new online resource from the Family Online Safety Institute aimed at parents, teachers, and teens, launched Wednesday after being initially announced in February, and FOSI member Facebook plugged the launch in a note on the Facebook Safety page.
The creator of STFU, Parents, a blog that gathers Facebook photos and updates from parents who post too much information about their children and pokes fun at them, may have found a group of soul mates in Chris Baker, Peter Marquis, and Yvonne Cheng, creators of browser extension Unbaby.me.