Social Media Privacy Checkups

Savvy Cyber Kids By Savvy Cyber Kids May 5, 2020

Summary: While you might be cautious of “oversharing” on social media, that doesn’t mean your apps aren’t sharing your information. We discuss how to strengthen your privacy settings on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.


People spend time catching up on social media and finding out what’s happening in the world more than any other method of communication. 

The social media apps we use are each tracking our private information and selling our data including habits, likes, actions, and location. Because of how these apps work, it is important we conduct a privacy checkup of our accounts regularly.

If you’re a parent, your children will follow your example, which is why mastering social media privacy checkups will make it easier for you to ensure your kids are safe and protected on their favorite apps too. We’re going to look at privacy check-ups for some of the most commonly used social media apps today:


What Is a Social Media Privacy Checkup?

A privacy checkup lets you review, verify, and edit who or what can view, share, or download your content on a social media site. 



A Facebook privacy checkup will help you go over who can see what you share, how to update who can see your future and past posts, and review who you’ve blocked. It will also help you update your password if you want it to be stronger, turn on alerts to help let you know if someone is trying to log into your account, and finally, manage your data sharing settings with other companies on Facebook.

  • Click on the “question mark” icon at the top of any page on Facebook. You can find it on your profile or your homepage if you are in a web browser as it is an icon that’s part of the toolbar. 
  • Next, click “Privacy Checkup” to begin the process. Facebook wants you to feel comfortable using their app, which is why they now make it easier than it used to be.
  • Follow the prompts and make the changes that best fit your privacy preferences. 



Facebook is also the owner of Instagram, the second most widely used app in the world today. Instagram enables you to set profiles to private if you do not want content shared with the general public. To check your Instagram privacy settings:

  • Go to your profile
  • Click on the gear icon next to settings
  • Select Privacy and Security
  • This will bring you to a slew of options. From there, you can manage your account as you wish.
    • If you want to set your account to private, for example, tap on Privacy, Account Privacy, and then tap next to Private Account to set it to private.



To check your Snapchat privacy settings:

  • Click on the gear icon on the profile screen.
  • Scroll down to the “who can” section and tap an option.
  • Tap on the black button to save your choice.

You can edit who can contact you directly, who can send notifications, who can view your story, who can see your location, and if you can be suggested to people you don’t know but have a mutual connection with.

  • Under the My Account section, click Connected Apps, to see what apps are tracking your Snapchat activity.
  • Next, go to the Additional Services section and click Manage.
  • Go through Permissions, Ad Preferences, Lifestyle and Interests, and Maps to limit sharing of your private information to other organizations.



TikTok is one of the most popular apps for kids today and plenty of adults have joined the TikTok party.

  • From the app, tap on the profile icon, then tap the three dots at the top right of the screen.
  • Spend some time going through the Privacy and Safety settings. Here, you can make your account private and determine how much data the app can collect and share about you and your usage of TikTok. 
    • Once private, you can also manage who follows your account by removing or blocking followers at any time.

Make sure your children use private accounts that share only with friends and family. Show your kids how easy and important a privacy and safety checkup can be and they’ll start doing it for themselves. Walk through other apps you use to conduct a privacy checkup with your kids. You may (or may not!) be surprised at how much of your information is being shared with the world. 

Take the time to engage in a social media privacy checkup today — you probably need it!


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