Do you trust Facebook? Some people do and many people don’t, and that’s fine. A bigger issue in our minds is that many people have not given any thought to whether or not they trust Facebook. They just go about treating Facebook as a harmless platform that will not come back to bite them as long as they don’t post anything bad, join an unsavory “Group” or “Like” something similar. Most certainly that group includes teenagers.
Your Facebook search history is currently private unless someone else accesses your account. But who owns your Facebook search history? Facebook does.
Consider the following situations:
- You have in the past searched for something on Facebook that you wouldn’t want others to see, such as looking up an ex or searching for something embarassing, and
- Someone else accesses you computer or cell phone and your Facebook account is logged in, or
- You account gets hacked, or
- Facebook decides to sell your search history to advertisers or another third party
Facebook is working harder than ever to improve the user experience, but also to use the information it has about you to their benefit. Even if you or your child has a “clean” Facebook account, it makes sense to keep what you’ve been up to out of the purview of others, including potentially aggressive or intrusive advertisers. We recommend clearing your Facebook search history now, and getting in the habit of deleting it on a regular basis. Here’s how to do it:
- Click on “your name” in the upper left hand corner of your home screen.
- Near the top right of the next page, click on “Activity Log”.
- On the left hand side under Photos, Likes, Comments, click “More”.
- Click on “Search”.
- In the upper right, click on “Clear Searches”.
That’s it! Now your search history is gone.
Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring teen internet activity.