Nowadays, it is no longer surprising to see your friends’ parents (or even grandparents) in Facebook. Maybe your own parents are on Facebook too. The thing is, Facebook can easily become a nightmare for people who don’t understand it too well. They might be sharing private information unknowingly, which can cause internet drama. Basically, kids are not the only people who need to have supervision when it comes to using Facebook. Who knows, maybe your parents will need you to guide them as well. Here is a list of the 6 things your parents need to know when they’re on Facebook:
Facebook is NOT a search engine. A common embarrassing mistake people do in Facebook is when they mistake the status update box for the search box. There would be a possibility that the world would know your mom or grandpa is trying to help you search for the best essay writing services in the internet. There are cases as well when some end up typing the name of the person they want to stalk inside that box, therefore letting everyone in his Facebook list that he was searching for her. Worse are those who can’t identify the Facebook status update box from Google—they end up posting embarrassing queries like “how to treat warts” as their status update. If you love your parents and you value their reputation, please explain how the status update box works.
Hiding something in your Timeline does NOT mean you deleted it. Hiding a post in your Facebook timeline is a simple way to tidy up your timeline. However, this does not mean that your friends will no longer see the said post—it simply hides it from your timeline. It will still appear in your friends’ newsfeeds. Thus, if you accidentally posted something embarrassing that you wish to remove forever, delete it. Don’t hide it.
Private messages should be dealt with privately. Using the status update box as your email is another common way for parents to abuse Facebook. Learn from the mistake of this mother:
If your parents don’t know how to send a private message, simply tell them to click the Facebook message icon found at the top left corner.
Uploading a photo in Facebook can’t always be noticed by people unless you tag them. I’m going to share a story from my personal experience as a way of discussing the importance of tagging someone if you want them to be connected to the photo you uploaded in Facebook. A few weeks ago, I received a private message from my mom, telling me how “hurt” my grandmother was because I didn’t bother replying to something she uploaded in Facebook. Apparently, my grandmother uploaded a photo of her cat wearing a birthday hat, captioned “Happy birthday to my beloved granddaughter!” as a way of greeting me for my 21st birthday. The thing is, I have more than 400 friends in Facebook (I attended big schools), and I don’t log into my account as often as most people do. So since my grandmother didn’t tag me in that photo, it got lost in my new feed filled with photos, status updates, and links shared by my other friends.
There are two ways for you to tag someone in Facebook. You can tag someone in a photo by simply clicking on his face. Facebook has a very pretty accurate face recognition, which is why it will probably suggest the name of the person you want to tag. The person you tagged will then receive a notification and a shortcut to view the photo you uploaded—no need to look for it in your new feed.
You can also tag someone in any post by simply adding “@” to his name. Similar to photo tagging, this will also notify the person you tagged that his name was mentioned in your post.
Use the Restricted Group feature to avoid drama. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has added someone in Facebook…even if I’m not comfortable to share details of my life with them. Take your boss, for example. Companies often claim that employees should separate their professional lives from their personal lives…but that might be challenging if you happen to have a boss who decides that he wants to be your Facebook friend. If you don’t add him, then it may appear as if you’re snubbing him—worse, he might even think that you’ve got something to hide from him. But if you do add him, then he’ll be able to view photos of your drunken escapade from last week’s house party.
A good way to make sure that you can control his access to your posts is by adding him to your Restricted list. This Facebook feature can also come handy, say, if your mom wants to hide her posts from the annoyingly competitive aunt in the family (I’m pretty sure we all have one).