BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Facebook has changed the default privacy settings for teens. It made the announcement through a recent blog post.
Users ages 13 to 17 will now be able to post items that can be seen by the public. The move reverses the company’s long-standing policy preventing teens from sharing photos and comments beyond friends of friends. Facebook says the change allows teens to reach a larger audience.
But now advertisers will now be able to see select posts, which of course means your teen would be exposed to more marketing campaigns.
Social media expert and founder of Market Domination, LLC Seth Greene says this is a dangerous game for teenagers and parents need to keep an extra eye on their kids and have conversations about "stranger danger" on social media.
"Your child's pictures, comments, status updates, all of that information is available to anyone," Greene said. "You have to talk to your kids. Your kids may think they know what they're doing, they may think they're fine on social media, they are not. You can't avoid the topic any longer; it's just too dangerous."
Greene has written a free pamphlet about protecting children on social media sites. You can learn more by visiting his website.
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