Facebook’s Youth Portal Makes It Evident They Don’t Understand Whippersnappers
Writer + Founder of CRTVCHURCH
F acebook recently unveiled a new tool for younger users dubbed ‘Youth Portal’ (yes, you read that right… no, it’s still 2018 and not 1996).
This new tool is designed with the youths in mind, challenging young users to engage with other young users as well protecting their accounts with frequent password changes and ways to control your experience. It also lends some tips for what to post on the social networking site such as, “before you post publicly, pause and ask yourself, ‘Would I feel comfortable reading this out loud to my parents and grandparents?’”
In a Newsroom post, Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety and Karuna Nain, Global Policy Programs Manager said:
“Today we’re excited to launch our Youth Portal, a central place for teens that includes:
Education: Information on how to get the most out of products like Pages, Groups, Events, and Profile, while staying safe. Plus, information on the types of data Facebook collects and how we use it.
Peer Voices: First-person accounts from teens around the world about how they are using technology in new and creative ways.
Ways to control your experience: Tips on things like security, reporting content, and deciding who can see what you share
Advice: What to do if you need a social media break and some guidelines for how to get the most out of the internet.”
The Youth Portal looks and feels like a PBS KIDS program designed to teach kids the dangers of the World Wide Web. And, while their advice is not bad advice by any means, it just seems like an odd approach to winning the younger demographic back to the platform.