Parent’s Guide to Facebook


To Register

  1. Go to Facebook.com and fill out the form under “Sign Up” You enter your full name, email, password, gender, and birth date.
  2. You will then go through a security check by typing words into a box.
  3. It will ask you to provide your email’s password to find friends, you do not need to do this. Click “Skip this step” on the right hand side of that box.
  4. You then fill out the name of your high school/college.
  5. From there it will ask to select people that you know to send Friend Requests to. We’ll explain those later.
  6. You will then need to confirm your email address. You check your email and click the link provided, activating your Facebook.

Now you are signed up with a Facebook account! 

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Editing Your Profile

Your profile page is all about you. It gives people a good idea of who you are and lets them know what you like to do.  

  1. Profile Picture

      You are going to need a picture to put on your profile. To add a new profile picture: 

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  • Put your mouse over the image where your picture is supposed to be (that’s the top left where there is only a silhouette of a blue man).
  • Click the link that will appear In the right hand corner of the picture that says “Edit your Profile Picture.”

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      Click the link that says “Upload a Picture

      Click “Browse” in the dialogue box

      Select a picture from your files on your computer

      2.     Profile Information

This is where you get to tell all of Facebook about yourself. You find this by clicking the tab marked “Info” on your profile page. It’s located between “Wall” and “Photos.”          

      Under this, there are four basic groups. 

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  • Basic Information This is where you list your simple information. Gender, birthday, hometown, relationship status (you can even say who you are in a relationship with), as well as political and religious views.
  • Personal Information This is where is starts to get a little more personal. You can list your favorite movies, TV shows, books, music, and quotes. You can also tell people what your interests and activities are, as well as write an “About Me”    blurb.
  • Contact Information This is where Facebook gets very personal. You can put your cell phone, your home address and website.
  • Education and Work This is where you can add your past jobs and schools to see if there are any old coworkers or classmates that you can connect with.

      3.     Information Box   

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This is located below the profile picture. You can choose what you want to be      visible here: birthday, networks, relationship status, current city, hometown, political views, etc. 

Friends  

Your “friends” could be a number of people. They could be actual friends that you know, they could be coworkers or old classmates, relatives or even random strangers. Lots of adults are using Facebook to connect in business with clients and potential clients. Young people tend to focus more on the social aspect, using it to remain in contact with friends or connect with new people.

            Adding Friends

You add someone as your friend by visiting their profile and clicking “Add as Friend” next to their name or under their profile picture. 

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            Removing Friends

            When you are on a friend’s profile page, you can go to the bottom on the left-hand column and click “Remove from Friends

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            On the top bar that contains the “Facebook,” “Home,” and “Profile” buttons, there  is also a button that says “Friends.” It will then list all of your friends in  alphabetical order. Find the friend you no longer want, and click the “X” on the right side. 

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Photos

To add photos, simply click your “Photo” tab that’s after your “Info” tab on your profile page. From there, click “Create a Photo Album.” After that, you get to create your “Album Name” along with location and description. You can also determine “Who Can See This.” You will then be taken to a page that lets you upload your pictures from your computer. Once these are uploaded, you can Tag people in your pictures while editing them. You click the image and start typing in the person’s name that is in the picture. If you are already friends with them, Facebook automatically tries finding them. Mark a check next to their name and they’re tagged.

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To view photos of other people, on their profiles either click the “Photo” tab or click “View photos of _____” under their profile picture.

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Parents: If your child does not have any pictures that you can see under their “Photo” tab or does not have the “View Photos of ____” under their profile picture, they are hiding pictures from you. Beware.

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Status Updates

Statuses are located next to your name on your profile, on your wall in your profile, and also available for any of your friends to see on their Home Page. You statuses can be what you are doing, a quote from your favorite song or movie, or you can leave it blank.

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Home Page

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The home page is a collection of all of your friends status updates and things that they have done through applications. It lets you keep up on what your friends are doing.

Wall Posts

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To talk to people, you type messages on their profile’s wall. When you go to a friend’s profile, their wall is already up. There is a box at the top of the middle column where you can write your message. Remember everyone can see this.

You can also comment, or leave a message, on their status or anything else that they’ve written on their wall. To do this, just click “Comment” below the message that you would like to reply to and leave your message.

Security Settings

To get to your security settings, on the top Facebook bar click “Settings” which is between your name and the “Logout” buttons. When you hover over it, there are three options that show up:

Account Settings

On the first tab, you can change your name, email, password, privacy, and deactivate your account. You can also edit your networks, email notifications, link your phone to your account, change the language, and set up a credit card to pay for things that you might purchase on Facebook.    

Privacy Settings

Here you can control what people can see on your profile, when people you may or may not know search for people, which of your activities show up on other people’s News Feed on their home page, what shows up on your wall, and what people can see about the applications you might use.

Application Settings

Applications are anything that you choose to add or use on Facebook besides writing on people’s walls. Photos, events, quizzes, notes, groups, games, etc. Under this, you can choose what application activity can be shared with everyone else.