Facebook Changes Default Privacy Settings for Users 13 – 17 So What?

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Facebook Changes Default Privacy Settings

With all the cyber bullying we’ve been hearing about on the news – we have to wonder if this change is coming along a bit too late?  Or, is it a band-aid to patch a broken limb?  Facebook announced today teen accounts (ages 13 – 17) will default to the “friends” setting; the previous default was “friends of friends”.  Going forward they will be able to make changes back to “friends of friends” or “public”  but will be notified of the status of the post setting, reminding the teens the post is indeed public and will be seen by more than just their friends.

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If they choose to share the post publicly – they will see the post again.  O.K. – so Facebook becomes a nagging parent.  Do you think it will deter the teen from posting publicly or do you think it will entice the teen to get creative with their account?  Perhaps change their age?  Facebook does allow you to change your age (albeit a limited number of times).  I know if I were a rebellious teen – what I would do.

Will changing the default privacy settings on Facebook help protect teens from child trafficking? Pedophiles? Rapists? More importantly, other teens? Probably not.  Facebook even admits:

Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard. So, starting today, people aged 13 through 17 will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook. 

As a parent, I have concerns and have to wonder why a 13 year old should even have a Facebook profile.  It was just yesterday (October 15) a 12 year old girl killed herself  because her ex-best friend (a 14 year old girl) and another 12 year old girl were arrested for cyber bullying.  How is Facebook’s change to the default privacy setting going to affect instances like this?

What do you think about Facebook’s changes to their default privacy settings for users 13 – 17?  Is it enough? I would love your opinion.

Who Says You Can’t Make Real Friends Online?

I’ve heard so many people say you can’t form “real” relationships, “real” friendships, or build “real” trust with people you meet online.  I have to disagree as would at least a dozen other people I know (online) through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  I’ve formed friendships with people that have lasted longer than friendships that were formed with co-workers.  I’ve had deeper conversations with some of my online friends than I have with my “local” friends.  In fact I can honestly say, my online friends have offered to help in more ways than my “local” friends ever have even though they are not near in proximity.  I know without a doubt, if I needed or wanted to take a trip to a few different locations I would have a place to stay even though I have never “met” these online friends.

I’m sure you’re asking, what’s the point of this post?  As me move forward and more and more businesses take advantage of the internet and social media, it will be those few who have taken the time to build relationships that will build trust with their target market.  The companies smart enough to build trust are those who will have a higher percentage of customers.   Another advantage of building relationships with individuals, is you get to know their character, their work ethic, and when the time comes you need those skills, or know someone who does, or vice versa when they need someone with your skills, you have an upper hand.  I can speak from experience, as my first contributing author here on Your Social Media Mogul, David is an individual I met originally on Twitter, and now we have a working relationship.   Take advantage of social media and social networking.  There are so many people out there with so many talents, why limit yourself?