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    Using Facebook

    Once your Facebook profile has been created, and your privacy settings adjusted to suit you, it’s time to start using your profile to interact with friends, family and your community.

    In this course you will:

    • take a guided tour of the features within Facebook
    • learn about Facebook's suggested posts and advertising on your News Feed
    • find out how to identify possible scams on Facebook
    • look at how to share content with others safely, and block or report inappropriate content
    • discover how to connect with friends, join groups and post and respond to others on Facebook

    First, we have a short video to watch with key safety tips to bear in mind when using Facebook.


    There are things you can do to help protect your personal information and stay safe on Facebook. You can use the settings in Facebook to make your account private so that only people in your Friends list can see your profile and the comments and images you post.

    Facebook privacy settings also help ensure that strangers can't find or contact you, and that they can't see your Friends list. And, if a friend tags you, which means identifies you in one of their posts, you can review it before it appears on your Facebook page, or stop it from appearing all together. Now, it's fun to share travel photos on Facebook, but that can tell others that your house is vacant. So stay safe and post your holiday snaps once you get home. You should also never share your address or other personal details, such as your phone number, email address or bank details.

    Facebook is a great place to connect with family and friends online, but be careful about connecting with people you don't know in the real world. When sending Friend Requests, check that the person you are sending the request to is the person you intend to connect with. And be especially wary of Friend Requests or private messages from people you don't know. They might be scammers. Some scammers send messages with a link you can click to claim a lottery prize. Never click on these links.

    Other scammers create fake Facebook profiles and pretend to be lonely, widowed, or divorced people looking for companionship. They gain your trust over time, then create a story about financial hardship and ask for money. If you receive a Friend Request or message from someone you don't know, simply ignore it or delete it. If you think you may have been scammed, report it to Scamwatch. And if you think that you've lost money, contact your bank immediately.

    Remember, there are some easy ways to avoid problems on Facebook. When you take advantage of its privacy settings and are careful about the information you share, Facebook can be a safe place to connect with friends, family, and like-minded people.