Facebook loosens rules to let teens publicly share posts - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Facebook loosens rules to let teens publicly share posts

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Facebook is making some big changes and letting younger users share their updates publicly.

Effective immediately, now everyone will be able to see what teenagers are posting on Facebook. This change is raising the risks of minors leaving a digital trail that could lead to big trouble, if they're not careful.

"It used to be they could only share their posts with friends or friends of friends, now its open to the public," said Scott Driscoll with Internet Safety Concepts.

Facebook is relaxing privacy rules for teens and 13 to 17 year olds have the option to share photos and comments with the general Facebook public.

The company officials said the change will help them compete with other sites such as Twitter and Tumblr that don't prevent teens from posting publicly. They're also banking on appealing to advertisers now that teens information will be out there for everyone to see.

"Sometimes we drop our guard with how much information we share," Driscoll said.

Driscoll said information such as pictures and locations can get into the wrong hands.

"The average age of a Facebook user is 38 to 41, and now they're dropping security settings," Driscoll said. "They weren't perfect, but at least there was something. Now there's nothing."

As a protective measure, Facebook will warn minors before every post that they are exposing themselves to a broader audience as long as their settings remain public. Teens can change their default settings to be more restrictive.

Driscoll said parents should be involved by sitting down with their child and "see how they're posting things."

"And make sure every time that they post something, it's set to private or to friends only," Driscoll said. 

Driscoll also advises parents to be acquainted with all the social media apps kids use such as Instagram and Twitter.

He also reminds parents that children under the age of 13 are not officially allowed to sign up for Facebook

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 9:51 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:51:48 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>
  • Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 9:48 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:48:50 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>
  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 9:47 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:47:48 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly