The Youth Portal includes the following:
- Education: Information on how to get the most out of products like Pages, Groups, Events, and Profile, while staying safe. Plus, information on the types of data Facebook collects and how to use it.
- Peer voices: First-person accounts from teens around the world about how they are using technology in new and creative ways.
- Ways to control the experience: Tips on things like security, reporting content, and deciding who can see what is shared.
- Advice: What to do if a social media break is needed, and some guidelines for how to get the most out of the Internet.
The portal is available in 60 languages. Facebook is also exploring new ways to bring these tips directly to teens on Facebook.
Earlier this month, it started showing tips for teens in its News Feed, like how to control who sees what on users' profile, and links to the Bullying Prevention Hub.
Facebook's ongoing work with teens
As Facebook builds products that reach teens around the world, it is also:
- Talking with teens: To build the portal, Facebook spoke with groups of teens in the United Kingdom, Italy, the United States and Brazil. It also got input at events, like the Safer Internet Day workshops in São Paulo, the #WeMatter youth forum in Canada and the Global Safety Network summits. Facebook will be holding more roundtables over the next several months to keep learning from young people about how they use Facebook.
- Expanding the safety advisory board: Facebook recently welcomed Project Rockit — an organisation dedicated to tackling bullying in school communities — to its safety advisory board.
- Seeking advice from others: Facebook is working with policymakers, privacy experts, other companies and user experience designers with the aim of giving teens the tools and information they need. This work builds on its existing programmes: Skuola.net, Diana Award, Childnet, SaferNet and the Learning Links Foundation.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com