Learn pitfalls of social media and how to use it safely advise police

17/1/12    PCSO's  Mick Driscoll  and  Jenn Cornes at Wetherby Police Station  part of the internet child protection team.
17/1/12 PCSO's Mick Driscoll and Jenn Cornes at Wetherby Police Station part of the internet child protection team.

Facebook is a social networking site that is used by over 800million people worldwide and here Wetherby PCSO Mick Driscoll and his fellow internet safety expert Jenn Cornes answer some of the common questions posed by parents in their regular Wetherby News column..

How old do I have to be to set up a Facebook account? Facebook will not allow anyone under the age of 13 to set up an account. The only problem with that is; some children lie about their age!

What do my children do on Facebook? They chat, post videos and photos, play games, stay in touch with friends, arrange to meet friends, send birthday wishes, discuss holidays they’ve had. In fact there’s very little they can’t do on Facebook.

Is Facebook Safe? No social media site can guarantee 100 per cent safety, because safety depends very much on the behaviour of the people who use it. Facebook does provide privacy and safety features and advice. It’s well worth a visit to Facebook’s Safety Centre.

What possible risks are there? 1.Posting personal information about themselves that could be used to manipulate, intimidate, or embarrass them. 2.Bullying and harassment. 3. There is also risk of inappropriate contact with adults. 4.Arguing online. It’s so easy for argument to escalate.