Facebook Privacy Settings for Teens is Changing

(SIOUX CITY, IA) Facebook is at it again. This time changing things for kids between 13 and 17-years-old. They now have the option to share photos and posts with the general public and that change is raising questions about safety.

When a teen between the age of 13 and 17 signs up for Facebook, they are automatically given a privacy setting that only lets them share only with people they designate as friends.
however, they can manually change that option and share with just about anyone.

They can also turn on a "follow" option so their public posts can be seen in people's news feeds.

It seems like every other day Facebook is changing its privacy settings. This time teenagers are getting more options than they've ever had before. Facebook has announced kids between the ages 13 and 17 will now be given the option to share pictures and posts with whoever they want.

The CEO of Chatterkick, a local social media organization says it's essentially already happening.

"If you're going to post a photo, if you're going to post an update, chances are Facebook could change their privacy settings and they do technically own those photos so it's better to just post things assuming you're in a public space," said Trejo.

So why the new change? Because Facebook says "Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard."

And Trejo says if they don't there are other options.

"You have a choice. If you don't want Facebook to get your information you don't have to be on Facebook and that's probably the safest way to do that," she said.

Even so, Trejo says other forms of social media are just as invasive.

"The reality is these kids are on twitter, they're on Instagram, again those are public spaces and yes you can keep your photos private but again they are living online and they are being maintained in a database. So they're not technically private," she said.

The first time a kid posts an update or picture publicly, Facebook will warn them about the privacy setting. It will also give a reminder on the second time.

Another concern is that kids will be targeted with more advertising but the changes won't affect how advertisers work with Facebook already.

Essentially, if a business wants to advertise with Facebook it give the ad with specifics on who they want to see it and Facebook targets that specific range of people.

Advertisers can get a better understanding of their audience by getting information from Facebook like, the number of clicks the ad is getting and demographics but personal information is never given out without permission.