Adding friends on Facebook


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Adding friends on Facebook

The hands of two older people touching a smartphone.

What's coming up

In this activity, we will look at how to add friends or family on Facebook, so you can keep in touch, share photos and stories.

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A cropped image of the facebook homepage on a computer screen

Adding a friend

The first thing Colin wants to do is add Lizzie to his list of Facebook friends.

On the next slide, you can watch a video to show the steps Colin needs to get through to do this. Click the Continue button to see the video.

Colin adds his daughter, Lizzie, in Facebook

This video has no sound track and is approximately 16 seconds long. It is a demonstration and starts with a view of Colin's Facebook page. We watch as he moves his cursor up to the Search bar. Colin then types in the name 'Lizzie Warhurst', to find his daughter.

Some possible matches drop down and appear from the search bar.

Luckily enough, the first option that appears is the same Lizzie Warhurst that Colin is looking for.

Video ends.

Have a go - adding a friend

Now that he's found Lizzie's profile, Colin can add her as a Facebook friend. Let’s see how to add a friend on Facebook.

On the next slide is a practice activity that includes some steps to try yourself. Select the Continue button below to begin and then follow the instructions on the right hand side of the screen.

Have a go - adding a friend

Have a go - adding a friend

This is an interactive activity that allows learners to practise adding a friend on Facebook This activity has no sound track and is made up of a number of images and text instructions with opportunities for the user to enter text or click on links as part of the exercise.

This is to encourage confidence using the internet by practising a simple exercise in a simulated environment.

If a mistake is made during this exercise, there will be a prompt to ask you to try it again. If another mistake is made, the video will show you how to complete that section of the exercise.


eSafety Tip

Don't add strangers to your Facebook account - and likewise you may not want to accept friend requests from people you don't know.

Back to Colin's news feed

Because Lizzie accepted Colin's friend request, he can see her status updates and photos on his news feed and she can see his.

Now he wants to post something and start a conversation online.

A computer screen showing Colin's Facebook news feed
A family comes together to get a family photo to be shared on social media


Well done, you've come to the end of the Adding friends on Facebook activity.

You've learnt how you can add people you know as friends on Facebook.

In the next activity, Posting messages on Facebook, you'll learn how you can post messages and pictures to your timeline.