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Students: Stay Safe on Facebook

Updated: Tue 17 Oct 2017   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Tips for Facebook

Facebook is a place to connect with friends and family you know and trust. The best way to stay safe is to only accept friend requests from people you know well outside of Facebook. You can also unfriend, block, or report someone.

You must be aged 13 or over to create a Facebook account. It is against the Facebook terms and conditions to lie about your age! If you are aged under 13, you shouldn’t be using Facebook at all.

  1. Don't share your password with anyone.
  2. Only accept friend requests from people who you know.
  3. Don't post anything that you wouldn't want your parents, teachers or employer to see.
  4. Be authentic. The real you is better than anything that you might pretend to be.
  5. Learn about privacy settings and review them often.

Useful Links

Facebook Safety Centre: https://www.facebook.com/safety/tools

How to report things: https://www.facebook.com/help/181495968648557?helpref=faq_content

Facebook Security Page: https://www.facebook.com/security/

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How do I block someone?

To block someone:

  1. Click https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851548_427268774075825_1014901409_n.pngat the top right of any Facebook page.
  2. Click How do I stop someone from bothering me?
  3. Enter the name or email address of the person you want to block and click Block.
  4. If you entered a name, select the specific person you want to block from the list that appears.

People will not be notified when you block them.

If you can't find someone using this method, try going to the person's profile and selecting Block from the https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851583_139707006236950_404610498_n.pngmenu on their cover photo.

What if I can't find the person I want to block?

If you're having trouble finding the person you want to block, you can also block someone by submitting their email address:

  1. Click https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851557_364200877036449_574807949_n.gif from anywhere in Facebook and select Settings
  2. Click Blocking on the left
  3. Enter the email address of the person you want to block in the Block Users field and click Block.

If the email address you submit is associated with an account, that person will be blocked.

Besides blocking, there are other ways to control who can see the things you post on your Timeline.

How do I unfriend or remove a friend?

To unfriend someone:

  1. Go to that person's profile
  2. Hover over the Friends button at the top of their profile
  3. Select Unfriend

If you don't want someone to see your profile, send you a friend request or a message, you can block them.

When I post something, how do I choose who can see it?

You'll find an audience selector tool most places you share status updates, photos and other things you post. Click the tool and select who you want to share something with.

Facebook instruction

The tool remembers the audience you shared with the last time you posted something and uses the same audience when you share again unless you change it. For example, if you choose Public for a post, your next post will also be Public unless you change the audience when you post. This one tool appears in multiple places, such as your privacy shortcuts and privacy settings. When you make a change to the audience selector tool in one place, the change updates the tool everywhere it appears.

The audience selector also appears alongside things you've already shared, so it's clear who can see each post. After you've shared a post, you have the option to change who it's shared with. If you want to change the audience of a post after you've shared it, click the audience selector and select a new audience.

Remember, when you post to another person's Timeline, that person controls what audience can view the post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in a post may see it, along with their friends.

How do I stop people from posting on my Timeline?

Only you and your friends can post on your Timeline. To prevent your friends from posting on your Timeline:

  1. Click https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851557_364200877036449_574807949_n.gif in the upper-right corner of any page and select Settings
  2. In the left column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Find the setting Who can post on your Timeline? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Select Only Me from the dropdown menu

Note: Your friends will still be able to comment on any post they can see (ex: a photo you share on your Timeline that includes them in the audience).

How do I control who can see what's on my profile and Timeline?

Here's an overview of who can see what's on your profile and tools you can use to control what you share on your profile and Timeline.

Overview

  • To edit things like places you’ve lived or your family and relationships, click About below your cover photo, then hover over the info you’d like to change and click Edit. Use the audience selector next to this info to choose who you're sharing it with.
  • Anyone can see your public information, which includes your name, profile picture, cover photo, gender, username, user ID (account number), and networks.
  • Only you and your friends can post to your Timeline. When you post something, you can control who sees it by using the audience selector. When other people post on your Timeline, you can control who sees it by choosing the audience of the Who can see what others post on your Timeline setting.

  Tools

  • As you edit your info, you can control who sees what by using the audience selector.
  • Before photos, posts and app activities that you’re tagged in appear on your Timeline, you can approve or dismiss them by turning on Timeline review. Keep in mind, you can still be tagged, and the tagged content (ex: photo, post) is shared with the audience the person who posted it selected other places on Facebook (ex: News Feed and search).
  • Set an audience for who can see posts you’ve been tagged in on your Timeline.
  • To see what your profile looks like to other people, use the View As tool.

How do I stop people from posting on my Timeline?

Only you and your friends can post on your Timeline. To prevent your friends from posting on your Timeline:

  1. Click https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851557_364200877036449_574807949_n.gif in the upper-right corner of any page and select Settings
  2. In the left column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Find the setting Who can post on your Timeline? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Select Only Me from the dropdown menu

Note: Your friends will still be able to comment on any post they can see (ex: a photo you share on your Timeline that includes them in the audience).

How do I control who sees posts and photos that I’m tagged in on my Timeline?

To choose who can see posts you’ve been tagged in after they appear on your Timeline:

  1. Click https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851557_364200877036449_574807949_n.gif at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. In the left-hand column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Look for the setting Who can see posts you've been tagged in on your Timeline? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Choose an audience from the dropdown menu

You can review photos and posts you're tagged in before they appear on your Timeline by turning on Timeline review. Keep in mind, photos and posts you hide from your Timeline are visible to the audience they're shared with other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed and search.

How do I Untag Myself?

Untagging yourself will remove your tag from a photo or post you're tagged in.

Click https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851570_1414840005413198_2023594127_n.png in the top right of the post and select Remove Tag.

You can also remove tags from multiple posts at once:

  1. Go to your activity log
  2. Click Photos in the left column
  3. Click to check the box to the left of the posts you'd like to remove a tag from
  4. Click Report/Remove Tags at the top of the page
  5. Click Untag Photos to confirm

Removed tags will no longer appear on the post or photo, but the post or photo is still visible to the audience it's shared with. People may be able to view the post or photo in places like News Feed or search results. To fully remove it from Facebook, ask the person who posted it to take it down.

How do I report a fake account that’s pretending to be me?

Impostor accounts aren't allowed on Facebook. If someone created an account pretending to be you:

  1. Go to the impostor profile
    • If you can't find it, try searching for the name used on the profile or asking your friends if they can send you a link to it.
  2. Click on the cover photo and select Report
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions

How do I block messages from someone?

To block messages from someone:

  1. Open a conversation with the person you want to block
  2. Tap their name at the top of the conversation
  3. Tap Block
  4. Tap Block Messages

Note: Blocking messages from someone is different from blocking them on Facebook. If you block messages from someone, but you don't block them on Facebook, you'll still be able to see their Facebook profile. Depending on their privacy settings, you may also be able to see things like their status updates, comments, likes and tags on Facebook.

I'm receiving unwanted messages. What should I do?

If someone sends you a message that makes you uncomfortable, you can block them in Messenger. That means they'll no longer be able to contact you (ex: send you messages, call you) in Messenger. Learn more about what happens when you block someone in Messenger. You can also block them on Facebook.

If you think someone on Messenger is violating Facebook's Community Standards, you can also report the message. We recommend that you take a screenshot of the message for reporting purposes.

To report an abusive message to Facebook:

  1. Log in to Facebook on a computer
  2. Click Messages in the left menu
  3. Click on the conversation with the message you want to report
  4. Click https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t39.2365-6/851579_274359519372589_443375717_n.pngActions
  5. Click Report Spam or Abuse and follow the steps

Note: You can only report messages on a computer.

What should I do if someone is asking me to send or share an unpleasant or sexual picture of myself on Facebook?

Never send sexual photos — or anything else you wouldn’t want other people seeing — to anyone, ever, even if you feel very close to the person asking for them. And if anybody asks you for them – tell a parent, a teacher or an adult you trust. They will be able to help you.

If you’re under the age of 18, it’s especially important for you to know that sharing nude or sexually explicit images of minors — on the web, on mobile phones, by mail or any other way — is illegal and could have serious legal and life-changing consequences for both the creator of the images and anyone who requests them.

What should I do if someone dares or challenges me to do something I’m not comfortable with?

Although videos and content that reference dares or nominations aren’t against Facebook’s Community Standards, we know that some people feel uncomfortable being nominated.

It's a difficult position to be in, but if someone ever asks or nominates you to do something that you’re not comfortable with, don’t do it. There are several options on Facebook for responding:

  • Untag yourself: If someone nominates you by tagging you in a post, you can untag yourself and effectively un-nominate yourself.
  • Delete the post from your Timeline: Click on Activity Log from the top of your profile and delete the post.
  • Change your settings for tag review: The best way to prevent posts like this is to turn on Tag Review.
  • Block the person who nominated or challenged you: You can block the nominator so they can’t tag or message you or appear on your Timeline.

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