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Facebook safety guidelines

Hi Awesome Dads,

Mary and I had a great opportunity last Friday night to speak to over 400 people at a FWDW event called 'What men wish their wives knew about men - what woman wish their husbands knew about wives'. We would like to thank Jodi and Church Unlimited for all of their great work and hospitality.

Fathers Who Dare Win is in a transitional period; we are moving from DIY ministry to getting some outside help. This includes the wonderful skills of Louise who has built our brilliant website. Next week we will be doing a relaunch of FWDW with a new email template and moving to emailing from the website. Please save me as a contact ian@fatherswhodarewin.com! And be sure to check out our website www.fatherswhodarewin.com. We apologise for the sporadic emails you have been receiving and hope to stick to a weekly Fathering Strategy from then on!

...the next time Jonathan Parker wants to burglarize a house, maybe he'll stick to his priorities. After rifling through draws and cabinets before making off with a pair of diamond rings, Parker stopped to check his Facebook profile on his victim's home computer and neglected to log off.  Police easily tracked him down and charged him with a felony burglary count...

Facebook can be a great tool, but can trip up children as well as burglars. If you are concerned about your children's use of Facebook, try these:

FACEBOOK SAFETY GUIDELINES
Here are 10 tips for monitoring and protecting your kids on social networking websites:
1) Parents will know the password and have access to child's page.
2) Parents can customize their child's settings to make profile safer (privacy, visibility, etc).
3) Email of posts, friends, etc. come to family's home e-mail.
4) Parents will have an account on Facebook, and children must add and keep parents as "friends."
5) Children will not add strangers as friends, or use the Facebook "chat" application to talk to strangers.
6) Parents will set a limit on the time that children are allowed on Facebook.
7) The computer will be kept in a common area of the house, such as a living room or play room, where it will always be in easy view.
8) Children will not share personal information (address, phone number, pictures, etc.) with anyone on Facebook that they do not know well.
9) Children will immediately tell their parents if they see anything or talk to anyone on Facebook that makes them uncomfortable; and parents will take immediate action to block or report that material.
10) If the child breaks any of the set guidelines, his or her account will immediately be deleted and a probation period will begin until they re-earn their parents' trust.

Warmest regards,
Ian Grant