Tools for Parents & Educators
Visit our Family Safety Center for more safety information, tools, and resources.
Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). Creating an account with false info is a violation of our terms. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of someone under 13.
If your underage child created an account on Facebook, you can show them how to delete their account.
If you'd like to report an account belonging to someone under 13, please fill out this form. Note that we'll promptly delete the account of any child under the age of 13 that's reported to us through this form.
In most jurisdictions, Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account. We strive to create a global community with consistent standards for everyone, but we also strive to respect local laws. In observance of laws in South Korea and Spain, we require anyone living in these countries to be at least 14 years old before they can create an account.
- If your underage child created an account on Facebook, you can help your child delete their account.
- Report a child under 14 living in South Korea or Spain.
- Report a child under 13 living outside of South Korea or Spain.
We'll promptly delete the account of any underage child that's reported to us through these forms.
If you believe a photo violates your child's privacy rights, please review our information on image privacy rights.
We are generally forbidden by privacy laws against giving unauthorized access to someone who is not an account holder. We encourage parents to exercise any discretion they can on their own computers and in overseeing their kids' internet use. Please talk to your kids, educate them about internet safety, and ask them to use our extensive privacy settings.
If you come across an account for someone under the age of 13, please report this to us.
If your child is experiencing abuse on Facebook, we encourage you to ask them to log in to their account and report it.
For more information please visit our Safety Center.
Yes. If you have a Facebook account you can use the report links to report this abuse to us.
If you don't have an account or can't see the abusive content, please tell your friend to report this to us directly using the report links on Facebook or by filling out this form. If they're reporting nudity, they can report it using this form.
We remove things that don't follow the Facebook Terms (ex: nudity, bullying, graphic violence, spam). If you come across something on Facebook that doesn't follow the Facebook Terms, use the report link near the post or photo to submit a report.
Other tools for addressing abuse
It's possible that you might see something you don't like on Facebook that doesn't actually violate the Facebook Terms. If you come across something you'd rather not see, you can:
- Send a message to the person responsible for posting whatever is bothering you and ask them to take it down
For information about what is and is not allowed on Facebook, please read the Facebook Community Standards.
When we become aware of an account representing a child under the age of 13, we promptly delete that account and all of the information associated with it. If you'd like to request information from your child's account before we delete it, please fill out this form.
Keep in mind that we won't be able to look into this matter unless you provide a copy of a notarized statement declaring your rights as a parent or guardian with your report.
We're sorry to hear about your situation. We strongly recommend that you have your local law enforcement agency review our operational guidelines and contact us by following the directions on that page.
Unfortunately, we can't take any action on or release any information about a person's account to anyone but the account holder. We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes. Please keep in mind that this policy is in place to preserve the security of the people who use Facebook. If you have any other questions, please review our Data Use Policy.
Facebook takes the safety of the people who use it very seriously and takes significant efforts to make sure that the interactions encountered on the site are done so in a safe manner. We strongly urge everyone to report suspicious people and sensitive content when they come across it on the site. You can notify Facebook of any inappropriate people or content by clicking the Report link located throughout the site. People under the age of 18 are also encouraged to talk to a parent or a responsible adult immediately if someone online says or does something to make them feel uncomfortable or threatened in any way.
If you're living in the United Kingdom, are under 18 and believe that an adult is acting inappropriately towards you on Facebook, please submit an online report to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):
(If you're a parent or other adult and concerned about a minor, you can also submit a report by clicking on the link above.)
Learn more about safety on Facebook.
Facebook doesn’t tolerate bullying. Period. It’s a violation of the Facebook Community Standards and the Facebook Terms. We remove bullying content when we become aware of it, and may disable the Facebook account of anyone who bullies or attacks another.
The best way to report bullying to us is by using our report links.
For more information about how to deal with bullying, please review the following resources:
- A Thin Line: MTV's A Thin Line campaign empowers kids to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in their own lives and among their peers. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact.
- Beatbullying.org is a bullying prevention charity, working to empower people to understand, recognize, and say no to bullying, violence and harassment by giving them the tools to transform their lives and the lives of their peers.
- Childnet-int.org works with organizations around the world to coordinate efforts and help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
- Commonsense.org provides trustworthy information, education, and an independent voice helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.
- ConnectSafely.org is an online forum designed to give teens and parents a voice in the public discussion about youth online. It also offers social-media safety tips for teens and parents, the latest youth-tech news, and many other resources.
- Cyberbullying Research Centerprovides up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents and serves as a clearinghouse of information about the ways adolescents use and misuse technology.
- Family Safety Online Institute.org works to make the online world safer for kids and families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods in the field of online safety that also respect free expression.
- NetSmartz.org is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. Designed for children 5 -17.
- UK Council for Child Internet Safety is a collection of resources.
- WiredSafety is a cyber-neighborhood watch run entirely by volunteers around the world. Three popular programs are STOP cyberbullying, Teenangels, and WiredCops.
If you have a child under the age of 18 on Facebook, you can help them adjust their ads privacy settings. Please direct your child to their Facebook Ads settings so they can make a selection in the menu next to Pair my social actions with ads for.... This setting only applies to ads that we pair with news about social actions. So, independent of this setting, you may still see social actions in other contexts, like in Sponsored Stories or paired with messages from Facebook.
If you are unable to assist your child with this privacy setting, you can fill out this form to request help from us. When submitting this form, please note:
- You'll be required to submit a copy of a notarized statement declaring your rights as a parent or guardian when submitting your request.
- The form only applies to parents of children under 18 years old.
- After your request is processed, the opted out state will last until your child turns 18. After that, your child will once again be able to make this setting selection for themselves.
We know and appreciate that many parents use Facebook to capture and share photos of their children, however, images that show nudity may be removed if they don't follow the Facebook Community Standards.
Though many people share this type of photo with good intentions, and we understand that people have different ideas about what’s OK to share on Facebook, these standards help to keep Facebook a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
We may also remove these types of images to help avoid the possibility of other people reusing them in inappropriate ways.