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What is Facebook?

Keeping up with friends is faster and easier than ever.

Share updates and photos, engage with friends and Pages, and stay connected to communities important to you.

Features on the Facebook app include:

* Connect with friends and family and meet new people on your social media network
* Set status updates & use Facebook emoji to help relay what’s going on in your world
* Share photos, videos, and your favorite memories.
* Get notifications when friends like and comment on your posts
* Find local social events, and make plans to meet up with friends
* Play games with any of your Facebook friends
* Backup photos by saving them in albums
* Follow your favorite artists, websites, and companies to get their latest news
* Look up local businesses to see reviews, operation hours, and pictures
* Buy and sell items and services
* Watch live videos on the go

The Facebook app does more than help you stay connected with your friends and interests. It's also your personal organizer for storing, saving and sharing photos. It's easy to share photos straight from your Android camera, and you have full control over your photos and privacy settings. You can choose when to keep individual photos private or even set up a secret photo album to control who sees it.

Facebook also helps you keep up with the latest news and current events around the world. Subscribe to your favorite celebrities, brands, news sources, artists, or sports teams to follow their newsfeeds, watch live streaming videos and be caught up on the latest happenings no matter where you are!

The most important desktop features of Facebook are also available on the app, such as writing on timelines, liking photos, browsing for people, and editing your profile and groups.

Now you can get early access to the next version of Facebook for Android by becoming a beta tester. Learn how to sign up, give feedback and leave the program in our Help Center:

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Facebook is only available for users age 13 and over.
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Is Facebook safe for my kids?

Facebook can be safe for teenagers if used with an understanding of online privacy and the psychological effects of social media use.

Users must be at least thirteen years old in order to sign up for an account, and underage users' will only be able to share status updates or content with confirmed friends. “Friends” in this context could be anyone – or anything – so parents must monitor their children's activity and social connections.

The content encountered on Facebook is typically benign, depending on who a user connects with and what groups they join.

Facebook is a tremendous privacy risk for teenagers, who should be made aware of the responsibilities involved in maintaining personal privacy while online. Make sure your teen understands:

  • What content you consider appropriate for them to access.
  • How to engage safely with strangers in public forums.
  • How to identify and navigate potentially toxic online communities.
  • What content is and isn't appropriate to create or share.

Even so, using Facebook – or any social media – can be unhealthy, and you should monitor your child for negative emotional effects. Psychologists have noted that social media users can negatively impact their self-esteem by triggering resentment and dissatisfaction with their own lives. Make sure your teenager understands that people typically only share an ideal conception of their lives on social media and not to use it as a basis of personal comparison.

For more information about cyberbulling, check out our Cyberbullying Guide for Parents.

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