Facebook launches Youth Portal to tell teenagers how it uses their data

Joanna Estrada
May 15, 2018

Facebook has launched Youth Portal, a resource centre aimed at teenagers that will guide them with tips and tricks on how to use the portal. They will also get tips on how to stay safe on Facebook and details on the type of data Facebook collects and what it does with it.

Youth Portal has been described by Facebook as a central place for teens through which they can get information on how to get the most out of Pages, Groups, Profile, and Events. Earlier this month, as a test, it started showing some of the tips to an unspecified number of teens in their NewsFeeds.

"We also got input at events like our Safer Internet Day workshops in São Paulo, the #WeMatter youth forum in Canada, and our Global Safety Network summits".

The company has told young users it is "OK to take a social media break" if they feel stressed on the social network and spend some time in the real world, and acknowledged that younger people should stop using the site "if using Facebook is making you feel sad or stressed".

Expanding our Safety Advisory Board: We recently welcomed Project Rockit - and organization dedicated to tackling bullying in school communities - to our Safety Advisory Board.

Finally, Facebook also says it's working with policymakers, privacy experts and other companies to offer more tools and resources to teens.

The portal which is in itself a first for Facebook is a step in the right direction in the consumption and relation with the social media platform for the Generation Z. The teens are known for their independence and knowledge, Gen Z'ers is capable of learning something themselves either through a more efficient or a non-traditional route.

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