Facebook Releases The ‘Think Before You Share’ Guide For Teens

Facebook India has released a visual guide on online safety, following the updated guidelines for the industry on child online protection released by UNICEF and ITU


Facebook has released the ‘Think before you share’ guide, in partnership with MediaSmarts, a not-for-profit organization that provides digital and media literacy programs. The guide is available in nine different Indian languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu, other than English, and offers quick tips on what you should think about before sharing anything on Facebook, what to do when something goes wrong and how to control who can see your posts.

Designed as an infographic, the one-page guide acts as a ready reckoner on online safety. It urges you to ask yourself a few questions before sharing something: Is this how I want people to see me? What’s the worst thing that could happen if I shared this? How would I feel if somebody shared something like this with me in it?

It also suggests informing a trusted adult or reporting to the police, in case someone is harassing you or trying to hurt your reputation.

On who can see your posts, it lists the following four points:

  • Passwords are not social. Sharing your password can turn into a nightmare.
  • Use the audience selector tool on Facebook, so you know who is seeing what you are sharing.
  • Choose whether you want to be tagged in posts or photos. Or simply untag yourself.
  • Use the social reporting tool : facebook.om/report.

Lastly, it provides useful links to privacy, safety, security tips and help on the social network.

Facebook has released this right after the UNICEF and ITU released guidelines for the industry on Child Online Protection. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, have released the updated version of the Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection.

The guidelines were originally launched in 2008 in four parts, for children, parents, guardians and educators, industry, and policy makers. The new version provides guidance on protecting children’s rights online for those companies that develop, provide or make use of information and communication technologies (ICT).

The guidelines also feature case studies to help illustrate how these can be implemented. The guidelines and the case studies and be accessed here.

Facebook’s ‘Think before you share’ visual guide is crisp and shareable, and only asserts what most people already know on best safety measures on the social network. But, it surely acts as a ready reckoner for newbies on the network as well as children and teenagers who are more susceptible to cyber bullying, privacy violation and exposure to inappropriate content. However, Facebook has to ensures that this guide reaches to the right audience.

Image credit: ITU