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Parents’ Guide to Facebook

Larry Magid and Anne Collier’s Parents’ Guide to Facebook is must reading for parents–and librarians.

Parents Guide to Facebook

* 35-Page PDF guide

* Chart of recommended privacy settings for teens

Make sure you share the downloadable guide and accompanying online resources (available at

The perspective is reasoned and realistic and focused on supporting responsible citizenship.  The authors offer the kind of hands-on, step-by-step information (illustrated with screen shots) that most parents are searching for to help them help their teens optimize their privacy and safety on Facebook.

You may also be interested in posting and sharing the at-a-glance interactive chart with its recommendations and links to pages in Facebook where teens can configure and customize their privacy settings.

According to Larry Magid:

Many of our recommendations are stricter than Facebook’s default settings for teens but, fortunately, Facebook provides excellent tools for further customization. This booklet helps parents and teens customize those tools for teen-appropriate safety, privacy, and reputation protection.

Here are a couple of screenshots from the Guide.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Thanks for this lead, Joyce. I just added this site to my library website and will refer to it in the library blog. A big priority for me right now is figuring out how I can incorporate digital citizenship and safety into the curriculum at my new school. Until I can make some headway in this area, I want to at least put all the helpful information I can on my new website.


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