Guard personal information
As much as you maintain open communication, it also helps to monitor activities on the young ones Facebook accounts. There are several tools that can be used such as SafetyWeb, McGruff safeguard and others that are designed to help parents who want to monitor what their children do online. Most of these tools can check across various social network sites and monitors them to check if there is any threatening activity. They normally notify the parents when the child posts something that is considered as potentially inappropriate or unsafe within categories such as sex, alcohol, drugs, profanity, depression and cyber bullying.
Set house rules
It is also important to decide how much time you would like the children to spend on the site. Talk about the rules and come up with tough consequences for breaking the rules. Try and come up with other interesting activities that the children can take part in so that they do not have too much time online. You can award them like half an hour depending on what you are really comfortable with.
When dealing with the topic of Facebook etiquette it is also important to make sure that the kids understand that they are not supposed to share their names, email address, passwords, phone number, school or pictures with strangers without permission. They should also not open email from people they do not know. They should ignore and never respond to any disturbing or hurtful messages. They should never trust people they meet online and avoid meeting people they talk to. Make them understand that not all games and applications on the site are created by Facebook as some of them are just malware. They should turn fire wall on and utilize any anti malware and anti virus programs.
Marcy Breault "Etiquette Training Guru"