What is Facebook?

Like a number of other applications popular with children and young people(Instagram and WhatsApp), the social network Facebook belongs to the Meta group. What they have in common is that they offer users the opportunity to network with others.

Log in to Facebook

First of all, you have to register with Facebook and fill out your own profile with personal information. This includes, for example, name, age, school or profession, photos and the presentation of preferences. Registration is possible from a minimum age of 13, with the permission of a parent or guardian. In addition to some mandatory information, users can decide for themselves whether they want to provide this information or not. It is advisable to leave as little information as possible. If children and young people reveal too much about themselves, there is a risk of unwanted contact. Take the time together with your children to check their Facebook profile for privacy and data protection settings in order to prevent dangers. saferinternet.at offers help here with the Step-by-step instructions help.

After logging in to Facebook, you can directly see the activities of your friends displayed in a kind of timeline. However, they are not sorted by the day of publication, but by an algorithm. This means that Facebook uses the data it has already collected about a person to decide which posts are more likely to be of interest to that person. Facebook collects this data independently of the personally set data protection or privacy settings.

To get in touch with friends, you can comment on posts, share them or mark them with a "Like" or communicate via chats and groups. Inappropriate posts, messages and profiles can be reported to Facebook or blocked . In this way, posts are deleted or can no longer be viewed by certain people. If you have any difficulties, you can find detailed explanations via the search function in the help area.

Networking with other apps

Like Instagram and Whatsapp, Facebook is part of the meta concert. In short, all data shared in these apps is stored in one place. This allows Meta to create a detailed profile of the users. For example, if you reject location tracking in one network but have activated it in another, your location is still visible to all networks.
This networking is also used by the major corporation for personalized advertising . If you only show interest in a particular brand or article in one network, advertising is also played out in the other networks.

Delete Facebook account

Once registered with Facebook, the social network makes it somewhat difficult to delete the account. Preferably, users are offered to deactivate the account. This leaves the option open to reactivate and use it at a later time. If you want to delete the account permanently, you can do so via the privacy settings under "Your Facebook information". However, it is best to make it clear to children and young people before they register that any data once shared with the Internet cannot be completely deleted. Facebook can continue to store the data that has already been shared even after the account has been deleted.