Blog: Facebook Red Flags

Posted: September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 by Hanna Munin

In today’s world, teens and young adults are spending a majority of their free time on social networking; one of the biggest social networking sites people spend their time on is Facebook. While Facebook can be a great way to keep in touch with friends and family that live far away or just a fun thing to do when you’re bored, you have to be careful that you are not facing domestic abuse on the internet, and it’s important to look for red flags on Facebook. Many of you might be wondering, what is a red flag? Well, a red flag is anything that should let you know that maybe what someone is doing isn’t safe or healthy. Facebook red flags are things like excessive liking or commenting on status, photos, or check-ins. For example, if your partner or just someone who likes you “likes” every single profile picture and status you have, that’s a little excessive and is too much. Also, another red flag can be if your partner is sending you many messages at a time, like this: “Hey” couple seconds later, “Hey…”, a little bit later, “Why aren’t you talking to me?” a little bit later, “HELLO!”, a minute later, “Okay you’re starting to piss me off. I know you’re there!” See, that’s a little excessive and it’s uncomfortable to be on the receiving end of all of that stuff. So here are something things that you can do about that, first off, you can make it so that only certain people see your Facebook activity (like your statuses, photos, and check-ins), and your partner won’t be able to know that you are hiding them from that information. This way you get a little bit of space from them. Also, you can choose to unfriend someone, and the person you unfriend will not be notified that you are no longer friends with you. If they try to friend you again, you can choose to put that you don’t know them so that way that aren’t allowed to friend you anymore. Keep safe on the internet everyone, and have a great day!

 
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