The Parents’ Guide to Facebook

A while back, my mum asked me about facebook, so here’s the parent-friendly version of facebook aka fb. Fb is a social networking site. Here are some simple steps to starting up on fb, forgive the rather scattered haphazard approach.

  • Once you’ve signed up, it will ask you for your e-mail address (usually Hotmail or Yahoo!) and password. Don’t worry it’s safe.
  • This will first show you those who are members of fb, you can add them if you want to, this sends a message to their nofication page, were they either accept your invitation or not. You also add friends later by using the "Find Friends" (under the "Friends" tab). NB: If your e-mail isn’t supported, you can add the person’s e-mail address individually.
  • You could also invite those, who aren’t on fb by using the "Invite Friends" (also under the "Friends" tab). It uses the same logic as above.
  • Fb is also a good way to connect with long lost pals. If this is what you’re looking for, I recommend joining a fb group.
  • IMPORTANT: We love you with all our hearts, but never ever ever ever ever add us (i.e. your children) as your fb friend. Remember, there was a time when you were a kid & didn’t want your parents to know about your foul mouth, Devil May Cry thoughts & the real/fake you. We will only accept your fb add, after we’ve signed a written contract detailing our demands, deviators will be prosecuted. This is the cardinal rule, you should never break. We could always direct you to hi5.
  • Fb is highly addictive, that’s why it’s usually banned at work & in schools. So, you need to acquire ninja skills to avoid your boss, during your fb time. Look, your boss is cool with you playing Solitare, Minesweeper, Hearts, Freecell or Spider Solitare, but not so cool with chatting, gawking or stalking on fb. Many stupid emlpoyees have lost their jobs thanks to comments they made on their fb pages.
  • Profile Picture: It’s best to have a picture that shows what you look like, even if it’s 50 years old, as long as it vaguely looks like you, we’re cool with it. Please try not to have any really embarasing pics of yourself. Remember, loads of people may see it (especially if you’ve got the friends of friends of friends setting) & it’s also the first thing people see. Plus it helps us to identify you, you’re not the only John Smith on fb.
  • Profile: Add as much info as you’re comfortable with. For mothers, who are age shy, you could use the settings to hide your age.
  • Pictures: Whatever you’re comfortable with. Plus, your old mates can see what you’ve been up to. You can add pictures & create photo albums clicking on "Create Photo Album", this can be found in the "Photos" tab on your fb profile page. And remember you can set your album pivacy using "Album Privacy".
  • Groups: I mentioned this earlier, it’s a good (& less desperate) way of finding people. For example, I found a couple of my old Sunny Fields classmates by making a group for ex-Sunnyfields students. BTW (by the way), the desperate way is finding people by typing their names using fb’s search engine or down right begging them.
  • Work Friends: You can also find your work friends by typing in your employer’s name (e.g NNPC, HMV) in fb’s search engine. Although, this only works, if they’ve listed their employer’s name in their profile. You could also use this approach in finding classmates. Plus, this can also be done using the "Find Friends" section.

I know there’re things I forgot to write about, but if you really want to know, leave a comment or send an e-mail.

I want M&S’s chocolate fudge cake with Walls Soft Scoop Vanilla Ice-cream! BTW, the 2l Walls SSVI-C is £1 at Tesco, offer ends on the 9th (or is it the 10th) of May.

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