Facebook can be an unsafe place to be. It is riddled with bullying, harassment, and sexual content including nudity. But Facebook is also a family site. It’s where kids and parents and grandparents all go to connect, schedule family Christmas gatherings. and stay in touch. So how can we make Facebook a safer place to be?
I’m going give you the top three actionable ways you can help to make Facebook a safer place for your family, friends and community.
1. Learn Facebook’s community guidelines.
Yes, Facebook does have guidelines that governor its community. And you should read them over and familiarize yourself with them. Click Here. This is a really important step because Facebook might not agree with you about what’s offensive or what makes Facebook unsafe. For example, you might report someone who constantly uses harsh language. But swearing does not violate Facebook’s standards. So nothing will come of your report.
Knowing your rights as a member of the Facebook community will put you in a better place to help make Facebook a safer place to be.
2. Report offending content (anonymously).
If you’ve found that somebody shared something on Facebook that is offensive and violates Facebook’s own standards, you can report it and if Facebook agrees, the post will be removed and the person who posted it will be notified. All reports are anonymous, so no need to worry about that. The key here is to make sure it violates Facebook’s standards. Here’s a screenshot of the actions to take:
3. Ask offender to remove the offending content.
But what do you do if someone is posting content that you still believe makes Facebook an unsafe environment? And can still report it, but if Facebook disagrees with you, they won’t take it down. What they will do, however, is suggest that you contact the person who posted the offending material and they’ll even suggest wording asking them to remove the post.
By the way, this is not a bad idea. Some people have no problem using heavy and vulgar language. Sometimes that language will violate Facebook’s standards, sometimes it won’t. If it doesn’t, it’s not a bad idea to sent him or her a private message reminding them that there are young teens on Facebook and suggesting that they be more mindful of the content they share. But be prepared, might get “unfriended.” Yet maybe, just maybe, they’ll be mature enough to respect the request and conduct themselves in a more appropriate manner on Facebook.
QOTD Do you agree that it is our responsibility to make Facebook a safer place, or should we not involve ourselves in what other people do? You can leave a comment by clicking here.