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Can DCs block/hide stuff from their parents who are on their friend li?

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womanonamission · 11/02/2011 09:56

One of my DCs wants to go on Facebook but I am a complete beginner with it and so want to get to know how it works and how to keep DCs safe. I've opened an account and have been playing around with it to investigate Smile

Incidentally, DC is old enough to be on it!

I've looked at the privacy settings and I'm starting to understand it all, but one thing is puzzling me.

If you go on your child's friend list to keep tabs on what they are up to, can the child not just filter what they want you to see? If I'm understanding it correctly, you can make certain areas available to certain people? So when people say that they monitor their DCs accounts by being friends with them, surely that doesn't work as the DCs can just block certain posts from certain people?

Sorry if this is a ridiculous question Blush

As I said, I am new to all this Blush

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CuppaTeaJanice · 11/02/2011 10:00

You can block posts, photos etc from certain people. I don't think you can hide your friends list from anybody, so you could always see who your DC is friends with.

womanonamission · 11/02/2011 10:21

Thanks Janice. So in theory DCs could hide quite a lot of what they are doing?

Re the friends list - apparently you can hide your friends list by editing the visibility of it. Someone asked on here, and was told how to do it, and then reported back that it worked.

I haven't tried it yet myself, but I will. Obviously I don't believe everything I read on the Internet Grin.

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NorthernComfort · 11/02/2011 10:27

you can put people onto limited profile and control what they see. I can't remember if the friends list is one of those things but I have certain people on limited so they can only see the barest minimum of what goes on...

PrivetDancer · 11/02/2011 10:28

Yes they could hide all sorts from you. You can set up groups of your friends to easily make things visible to one group and not another.
The only way to really know is to know their password or ask them to show you their page when they are logged in from time to time.
If your dc is good enough to be asking you though, I think I'd be tempted to trust them.

Make sure they know to never accept friend requests from people they don't know though.

Fimbo · 11/02/2011 10:32

I know my dd's password and check it on a daily basis. It is one of the conditions of her having fb.

womanonamission · 11/02/2011 11:02

Ok - thanks everyone for replying.

Its clear now that just "being a friend" on the friends list isn't really enough to see what is going on!

I do trust DC but I still like the idea of knowing what's going on Grin

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