Be Grateful for What You Have

Here are thoughts about #Gratitude on this Thanksgiving day:


If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?

Watch the video “On Gratitude” from President Thomas S. Monson. You can read some of his quotes on this page.

See the page

Watch the video “Thanksgiving Daily:”


Lindsey Stirling Inspires Youth in Live Facebook Event

Lindsey-Stirling-LDSface2faceLindsey Stirling answered questions from youth on modesty, her mission, self-worth, and finding balance in her busy life Tuesday night in a live LDS Face-to-Face event. Question poured in from youth from around the world that poured in via Facebook, Instagram, and video.

Lindsey is a dancing, hip-hop violinist and YouTube success, who answered questions about how to uphold standards in the entertainment business, how to achieve your goals in life, and how to have a sense of self-worth when you feel like you are failing.

Lindsey was candid both about the anorexia that once plagued her and the fears she sometimes feels with so many eyes upon her and how she gained confidence.

This was the second of four live Face-to-Face youth events sponsored by the Church.

Additional articles:

If you missed Tuesday’s live event, you can watch it below:

Here is Lindsey’s famous “Crystallize” video, which has been watched over 108 million times:

Here’s Lindsey’s “I am a Mormon” video:



The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos Series

bible-videos-seriesThe Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos is a series of videos portraying the life and teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. These short videos are a gift to the world from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church encourages wide use of the library of videos, images, and scriptural passages available on the website, mobile apps, YouTube, and now on DVD.

Mormons believe in Jesus Christ. The Church has undertaken the enormous effort to create The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos series and give it to the world. The videos are free. The app is free. Only the physical DVD is sold, and at a value price of $5.00. The Church also publishes a website about Jesus Christ at

85 videos have been completed in English and 50 of them are available in 10 languages. A selection of 50 of these videos have been released on the new DVD.

Learn more at

Ways to Access the Bible Videos Series


Mobile Apps

  • The Bible Videos mobile app offers a way to experience Bible stories through sight, sound, and touch. It includes all the videos from the website, as well as maps, photo slideshows, and biblical facts. This free app is available in English for iOS and Android, with Portuguese and Spanish planned for release in mid-December.
  • The Gospel Library mobile app includes just the videos in 10 languages.


The Church has just released The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos: The Gospels on DVD. It is a compilation of 50 videos about the Savior’s life and teachings from the four Gospels. The DVD is a resource for family home evenings, for family and individual study, and for use in Sunday School Gospel Doctrine study of the New Testament during 2015.

Order it online at as a great Christmas gift for friends and family. It is also available in LDS bookstores.  And it’s only $5 until the end of the year. (Next year, the price will be $10.)


Some photographs from the Bible videos footage are available at and in the Bible Videos mobile app. Many hundreds more are being added to the website and mobile app and also to the Media Library in a new category Bible Images—The Life of Jesus Christ with subsections for the Nativity, Miracles, Teachings, and Final Week.

Ecards provides free Bible-themed ecards that you can send to your friends.


LDS Christmas Invitation: He is the Gift

he-is-gift-ChristmasBeginning at noon today, through December 31, you can participate in the worldwide Christmas initiative titled, “He Is the Gift” (John 3:16) at

The initiative is similar to the 2014 Easter campaign, “Because of Him,” and consists of a website and a video translated into 20 languages.

I invite you to participate by viewing and sharing the video at If you use the hashtag #ShareTheGift when you share it, we can sweep the earth with inspiring messages of the Savior Jesus Christ during this joyful time of year.

Below is a poster that has been mailed to wards.

The video will be featured on the home page of YouTube on Dec 7, and will be on billboards in Times Square in New York City the whole month of December.

The website will suggest things people can do to #ShareTheGift of Jesus Christ during the Christmas season. For example, it will encourage people to post on social media their answer to the statement “I will share the gift by _____.” on Facebook and on Google+ will also be sharing memes and Christmas-themed posts through December.

You can also find great references for Christmas at and at Note that was developed primarily for nonmembers and is more for members, although both sites have great things to share with everyone.

He-is-gift-posterBillboard on Times Square in New York City:




Recommended Bible Translations in Non-English Languages

bible-translations-languagesThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints publishes editions of the Bible in English and Spanish. In many other non-English languages, the Church has approved a non–Latter-day Saint edition of the Bible for use in Church meetings and classes.


The Church publishes an English-language edition of the King James Version of the Holy Bible. It includes LDS footnotes and chapter headings, a Topical GuideBible DictionaryBible ChronologyHarmony of the GospelsBible MapsBible PhotographsGuide to the Scriptures, and selections from the Joseph Smith Translation. The latest edition was updated in 2013 and is available in various printed, electronic, and audio formats.


In 2009, the LDS Church published a Spanish-language edition of the Bible entitled Santa Biblia: Reina-Valera 2009. The text is based on the 1909 version of the Reina-Valera translation, with modernized grammar and vocabulary. It includes LDS footnotes and chapter headings, as well as a Guide to the Scriptures and selections from the Joseph Smith Translation. It is available in various printed, electronic, and audio formats.

Other Languages

Below is a list of non–Latter-day Saint editions of the Bible that have been reviewed by the Church and approved for use in Church meetings and classes:


Language Name Published By           Version Edition
Afrikaans Die Bybel Bible Society of South Africa 1933 1953 Edition
Albanian Bibla La Buona Novella of Italy 1994 1994 Edition
Amharic Metshef Qdus Bible Society of Ethiopia 1962 1962 Haile Selassie Edition
Arabic Al-Kitab al-Muqaddas Arabic Bible Society Van Dyke Version 1966 Edition
Armenian (East) Astvatsashoonch United Bible Societies Ararat 1896 UBS Version 1992 Edition
Bengali Pabitra ba’ibela Bible Society of India Old Version 2012 Edition
Bikolano An Biblia Philippine Bible Society 1982 1992 Edition
Bislama Baebol long Bislama Bible Society in the South Pacific 1997 Version 1997 Edition
Bulgarian Biblia Bulgarian Bible Society 1914 Thompson Revision of 1871 translation 2005 New Orthography Edition
Burmese Thammakyam United Bible Societies Judson Bible 1964 Edition
Cambodian Prak Gumbi Parsut United Bible Society 1962 Khmer Old Version (Hammond) 1989 Edition
Catalan La Bíblia Casal and Vall 1970 Montserrat Catalan Bible 1970 Edition
Cebuano Ang Biblia Philippine Bible Society 2000  Pinadayag version 2000  Edition
Chinese (Traditional) The Holy Bible Hong Kong Bible Society                       United Bible Societies 1989 Chinese Union Version Traditional characters  with new punctuation
Chinese (Simplified) The Holy Bible Hong Kong Bible Society                       United Bible Societies 1989 Chinese Union Version Simplified characters with new punctuation
Chuukese Ewe Kapasen God United Bible Societies 1991 Version 1991 Edition
Croatian Biblija Kršćanska Sadašnjost 1996 1996 Edition
Czech Bible Svatá Česká Biblická Společnost 1613 Kralickeho Z Roku 1991 Edition
Danish Bibelen Danish Bible Society 1992 Revision 1992 Edition
Dutch Bijbel Royal Jongbloed 2010 Herziene Statenvertaling Version 2010 Jongbloed Edition
Estonian Piibel British and Foreign Bible Society 1968 Version 1991 Edition
Fante (Akan Fante) Nwoma Kronkron. Bible Society of Ghana  1988 UBS Version 1988 Edition
Fijian Ai Vola Tabu  Bible Society of the South Pacific, Suva 1902 Langham translation 1987 Edition
Finnish Raamattu Finnish Bible Society

(Suomen Pipliaseura)

1992 New Church Bible

(Uusi kirkkoraamattu)

1992 Edition
French La Sainte Bible Bible Society of France  Louis Segond 1910 UBS Version 1990 Edition
Georgian Biblia Institute for Bible Translation/United Bible Societies 2002 2002 Edition
German Die Bibel Katholische Bibelanstalt GmbH, Stuttgart Uniform Translation


1980 Edition
Greek ΤΑ ΙΕΡΑ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΑ Pergamos Publications 1995 Spyros Filos revision of the Vamvas translation 4th Edition
Guarani Nande Ruete Ne’e Bibli German Mission Among the Natives of Paraguay 2006 First Edition
Haitian Bib La Haitian Bible Society 1992 Version 1999 Edition (New orthography)
Hiligaynon Ang Biblia Philippine Bible Society 1982 1982 Edition
Hindi Pavitra ba’ibala Bible Society of India 1983 Old Version 1992 Edition
Hmong Txoj Moo Zoo Uas Yog Vajtswv Txojlus United Bible Societies UBS Version 2000 Edition
Hungarian Szent Biblia Hungarian Bible Society Karoli Gaspar 1586 Version 1992 Edition
Icelandic Biblian Bible Society Reykjavik, Iceland 1981 1981 Edition
Ilokano Ti Biblia Philippine Bible Society 1982 1982 Edition
Indonesian Alkitab Indonesian Bible Society 1993 1993 Edition
Italian La Sacra Bibbla British and Foreign Bible Society Revised Version(Luzzi Bible) 1924
Japanese  Seisho Japanese Bible Society 1955 1955 Edition
Kekchi Li Santil Hu Bible Society of Guatemala SBG Version 2006 Edition
Kikamba Mbivilia United Bible Societies 1974 UBS 1974 Edition
Kinyarwanda Bibiliya Yera Bible Society of Rwanda 1957 2001 Edition
Kiribati (Gilbertese) Te Baibara Bible Society in the South Pacific 1954 revision of 1893 version 1990 Edition
Korean  Seong Gyeong Jeon Seo Korean Bible Society  Korean Revised  Version Bible 2005 alternate terminology Edition
Kosraean Bible Mutal Bible Society of Micronesia 1976 Version 2006 Edition
Latvian Bibele   Latvian Bible Society 1975 1975 Edition
Lingala Biblia Bible Society of Zaïre 1970 1970 Edition
Lithuanian BIBLIJA arba Šventasis Raštas Lithuanian Bible Society 1999 1999 Edition
Macedonian Sveto Pismo Bible Society of the Republic of Macedonia 2007 2007 Edition
Malagasy Ny Soratra Masina Bible Society of Madagascar 1965 Version 1991 Edition
Malay Alkitab Berik Baik Malay Bible Society 1996 1996 Edition
Maltese Il-Bibbja Mqaddsa Trinitarian Bible Society 1980 1980 Edition
Marshallese Jeje Ko Rekwōjarjar Words of Grace Ministries 2009 2009 Edition
Mongolian Ariyun Bibli Mongolian Bible Association 2000 2000 Edition
Navajo Diyin God Bizaad American Bible Society 1985 1985 Edition
Nepali Pabitra Baibal Nepali Bible Society NBS New Revised Version 1997 Edition
Norwegian Bibelen Norsk Bibel A/S 1988 1988 Edition
Palauan Chedaol Biblia Bible Society of Micronesia 2004 2004 Edition
Pampango Ing Biblia Philippine Bible Society 1967 Version 1970 Edition
Pangasinan Say Biblia Philippine Bible Society 1982 1982 Edition
Persian Kitab Muqadis Elam Ministries 1895 Standard Version 1996 Edition
Pohnpeian Pwuk Sarawi United Bible Societies 1994 1994 Edition
Polish Biblia Swieta British and Foreign Bible Society  1975 Warsaw Bible 1991 Edition
Portuguese Biblia Sagrada Trinitarian Bible Society 1994 Corrigida e Revisada 1995 4th Edition
Rarotongan Bibilia Tapu ra Bible Society in the South Pacific London Missionary Society 1851 Version 1888 Edition
Romanian Biblia Sua Sfinta Scriptura United Bible Societies 1586 Version 1993 Edition
Russian Bibliya Russian Bible Society Synodal Version 1994 RBS Edition
Samoan O le Tusi Paia Bible Society in the South Pacific 1884 Version 1884 Edition
Serbian Biblija    Yugoslavian Bible Society Vuk Karađić-Gjuro Danačić version of Sveto Pismo 1993 Edition
Setswana Baebel E E Boitshepo  Bible Society of South Africa 1908 Version 1992 Edition
Shona Bhaibheri Bible Society of Zimbabwe 1949 1949 Edition
Sinhala The Holy Bible Ceylon Bible Society Sinhala Union (old) Version 1938 1975 Edition
Slovak Biblia Slovak Bible Society 1999 Revision of the 1979 Version 1999 Edition
Slovenian Sveto Pismo Slovenian Bible Society 1996 1996 Edition
Swahili Biblia British and Foreign Bible Society Holy Bible in Kiswahili,  Union Version 1989 Edition
Swedish Bibeln: Svenska Folkbibelen  XT  Media 1998 1998 Edition
Tagalog Ang Biblia Philippine Bible Society 1982 1982 Edition
Tahitian Te Biblilia Mo ‘a Ra Bible British and Foreign Bible Society 1884 Version 1884 Edition
Tamil The Holy Bible Bible Society of India 1850  Tamil OV (Old Version) 1990 Edition
Telugu The Holy Bible Bible Society of India 1904  Telugu Old Version 1972 Edition
Thai Prakrittham Kampi Thailand Bible Society 2011 Revision of 1971 Thai Standard Version 2011 Edition
Tongan Koe Tohi Tabu Katoa  Bible Society in the South Pacific 1884 Version 1884 Edition
Tok Pisin (Neomelanesian) Buk Baibel Bible Society of Papua New Guinea 1989 Version 1989 Standard Edition
Tshiluba Mukanda wa Nzambi Bible Society of D.R. Congo 1964 Version 1993 Edition
Turkish Kitabi Mukaddes Turkish Bible Society 1941 1941 Edition
Twi (Asante) Twerεw Kronkron  United Bible Societies UBS 1964 1964 Edition
Twi (Akuapem) Twerεw Kronkron  United Bible Societies UBS1964 1964 Edition
Ukrainian Bibliya Ukrainian Bible Society 1991 Protestant Version 1991 Edition
Urdu Kitab Muqadis Pakistan Bible Society 1990 Revised Protestant Version 2008 New Font Edition
Vietnamese Kinh Thanh United Bible Societies 1982 Edition of the 1926 Protestant Version 2010 Revision
Waray An Baraan Nga Kasuratan Philippine Bible Society 1983 1983 Edition
Xhosa Izibhalo Ezingcwele  Bible Society of South Africa 1859 1975 9th Edition (Revised Standard Orthography)
Yapese Bible Ni Thothup Bible Society of Micronesia 2007 2007 Edition
Yoruba Bibeli Mimo United Bible Societies, Lagos, Nigeria United Bible Societies 1969 Corrected Edition
Zulu IBhayibheli Elingcwele Bible Society of South Africa 1959 1997 First South African Edition

Today is International Day of the Bible

Through-Christ-PhilippiansToday is the “International Day of the Bible,” sponsored by the National Bible Association.

Everyone is encouraged to read, share, or express creatively your favorite passages from the Bible at noon today using the hashtag #BibleCelebration.

My favorite scripture is from Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

scripture-study-young-manI look forward to studying the New Testament in our Sunday School Gospel Doctrine class in 2015.

Learn more about the International Day of the Bible.

Learn about the language editions of the Bible we use in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Learn more about The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos.


#ShareGoodness: Share the Joy of the Gospel in Your Life


Today’s #ShareGoodness Idea: It’s easy to reshare Church videos and quotes, but there are more creative ways you can show the joy of the gospel in your own life.

Below is a video from the Church that illustrates creative ways you can share goodness through social media:

Below are two 20-second videos that may give you some good ideas.

The following video shows Diana Salvador making breakfast for her mother who experienced a stroke and is lying in bed. She happily works along and feeds her mother. “I believe there is a scripture that says if you take care of your parents, your life will be longer upon the land,” said Sister Salvador. “I live that scripture and that scripture comes back to me. … I believe in family with all I’ve got.”

This video features a Spanish-speaking man named Leslie, a single dad who raised his young children alone. Often he left home at 5 a.m. and worked until 5 p.m., at which time he returned home to make dinner for his children. He says, “I believe that the difficulties we have in this life make us stronger and build character. They help us increase our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. He takes upon Himself our burdens.”

These new videos and 4 others are part of a campaign to share messages of goodness using the hashtag #ShareGoodness. The campaign and website at were created to help you get started with Elder Bednar’s challenge to flood the earth with goodness. Versions of the videos are also available in the Media Library.

“These videos were created specifically to show how we can share ourselves and our lives with others and be the light that Elder Bednar invited us to be,” said Fernando Camilo, a social media manager for the Church who produced these videos. “We want members to be a force for good online. There is a lot that they can share. It doesn’t need to be hard or invasive. Members can be authentic and positive in their posts.”

“Our goal as people is to become the message that we are spreading,” Elder L. Tom Perry recently taught. “We can always do more to reach out and set examples of Christlike behavior to those who are not of our faith. … There are individuals out there who need our examples of faith.” (“Become the Message,” Church News, Oct. 19, 2014, p. 6).



This is one article in a series of ideas on how to #ShareGoodness with others. For more ideas of easy, practical things you can do, see the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.




10th International Art Competition

paintingEvery three years, artists from around the world participate in a theme-based competition hosted by the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.

Many well-beloved pieces of LDS artwork have come from these competitions. Jury-selected artworks for each competition are exhibited at the museum and are eligible to receive one of several awards. The museum purchases a select number of art pieces from those exhibited to expand its collection and for future Church use.

Entries can be submitted between November 3, 2014 and February 27, 2015. Visit the Church History website for more information.

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International Day of the Bible November 24

teen-reading-bibleOn November 24, the National Bible Association is sponsoring an “International Day of the Bible.”

People are encouraged to read, share, or express creatively their favorite passages from the Bible at noon on the 24th.

In addition, those who wish to post or promote scripture online are encouraged to use the hashtag #BibleCelebration. The event is also supported by the American Bible Society and the YouVersion Bible App. Other organizations are encouraged to participate. Learn more on their website, Facebook page, and on Twitter.


Last year, the National Bible Association named Salt Lake City as the National Bible City for 2013, which included a concert on Temple Square and public Bible readings.

In English, the Church publishes the King James Version of the Bible complete with study aids, such as Bible maps, a Topical Guide, and a Bible Dictionary. All these study aids are also available in the Spanish LDS edition of the Reina Valera edition of the Bible.

The Church provides the full text of the Bible online at where you can also listen to a high-quality audio recording. When in any chapter, just click Listen in the right margin, or click Download to get your own MP3 file for listening offline. (If you want to download entire books, or the whole Bible at once, you can get a convenient .zip file at

scripture-study-young-manLatter-day Saints are counseled to study the scriptures daily and apply Biblical teachings in their lives as they seek to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

In weekly Sunday School classes, Mormons study a volume of scripture in-depth each year. Last year, they studied the Old Testament, and they will study the New Testament in 2015.

Latter-day Saint youth also study the scriptures in their daily seminary classes during high school, and in college-level institute classes.

Mormons study the Bible in their homes with their families. They regularly read scriptures with their families, and on Monday nights traditionally have a “family home evening” where they teach the gospel to their children.

Watch the video “The Miracle of the Holy Bible:”

The video “What the Scriptures Mean to Me” describes the personal value of the scriptures:

Learn more:


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New FHE Lessons Help Teach Children about Pornography

mom-teaching-kids-about-technologyThe Church has published a series of family home evening lessons to help parents discuss pornography with their children and to equip children with skills to respond appropriately to pornographic content they likely will be exposed to.

The following lessons can be accessed on the website:

The lessons include basic doctrines and principles about the sacredness of the body, sexual intimacy, following the Spirit, choosing good media, appropriate action steps for when a child sees pornography, and repentance.  They also include age-specific activities parents can select based on the needs of their family.

Some parents may feel uncomfortable discussing the topics of sexual intimacy and pornography with their children, or they may not feel like it is necessary until children are much older.

Elder Richard G. Scott counseled, “Parents, be aware that the addiction of pornography can begin with youth at a very early age. Take preventative action to avoid that tragedy” (“To Acquire Spiritual Guidance,” Oct. 2009 general conference).

Read more in the article “New FHE Lessons Help Teach Children about Pornography.”



#ShareGoodness Idea: Why Are You Mormon?

why-mormonMembers of the YSA Temple Beach Ward in Laie, Hawaii, created the video “Why Are You Mormon?” to inspire people to think more about the question “why do you believe what you believe?”

Today’s #ShareGoodness Idea: Think about the real reason why you are a member of the Church. When you tell people “I’m a Mormon,” explain why your life is better because you are a member. Explain the joys of the gospel. 

The young single adults in Hawaii created this video as part of a stake-wide assignment to help boost missionary work. The stake president assigned each ward to make an “I’m a Mormon” video that incorporated Jesus Christ or #BecauseOfHim as the main focus.

The ward mission leader and another member teamed up to film ward members doing things that they loved to do, just living their regular lives in beautiful Hawaii. They wanted people to see that members of the LDS faith are just normal people.

When all the videos from the wards in the stake were finished, they were shown in a stake leadership training meeting. They then posted it on Facebook, where it went viral.

They feel that the video was a big success and look forward to making more videos that can be used as missionary tools to flood the earth with goodness. Mahalo.

This is one article in a series of ideas on how to #ShareGoodness with others. For more ideas of easy, practical things you can do, see the book 101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online.

Here is a list of other member-created videos I have shared. If you find other videos you think I should share, please post a comment below.


Register Now for RootsTech 2015 & Family Discovery Day

RootsTech Family Discovery DayRegistration is open for RootsTech, February 11–14, 2015, the world’s largest family history conference with tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

The Family Discovery Day is on Saturday, February 14, 2015. It is a free, fun, and informative day to help families discover, share, and connect their ancestor relationships. Speakers and guests at the free RootsTech Family Discovery Day will include Elder Quentin L. Cook, Elder Neil L. Andersen, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, the cast of BYUtv’s Studio C, Olympian Noelle Pikus Pace, blogger Al Fox Carraway, and a special guest performer to be announced soon.


The rest of the conference features an innovator summit, expo hall, well-known keynote speakers, more than 200 classes, hands-on computer labs, and nightly entertainment. It will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Live streaming is also available so people can participate worldwide. Learn more about what will be at RootsTech.


Final Supercut Video of “Glorious” from Meet The Mormons

archuleta-invitationOn October 24, David Archuleta invited you to record yourself singing your own version of the song “Glorious” from the soundtrack of the movie Meet the Mormons.

Over 420 people posted their versions, which have been watched collectively over 720,000 times. Here is a playlist of the top 30 submissions, sorted by most viewed. The most viewed (by Working with Lemons) has over a quarter of a million views.

Here is the final supercut video featuring people from all over the world:

Here is a playlist of all the Glorious submissions.

Thanks to everyone who submitted videos and to those who participated by watching and supporting this cause in any way.

Stephanie Mabey wrote the song “Glorious,” and it was originally released on her album “Wake Up Dreaming.” The rendition sung by David Archuleta was used in the soundtrack for the movie Meet the Mormons.

Watch the movie exclusively in theaters. Browse theater locations.

Read other articles about the movie Meet The Mormons.

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Ministering Resources Available to Ward Councils

ministering-resourcesStake and ward council members now have access to a new Church web page called Ministering Resources, available at, to help individuals and families with their temporal and spiritual needs, including difficult and sensitive issues. Access is available to those with current callings in stake and ward councils through their LDS Account.

counseling-topicsResources previously available only to bishops and stake presidents have been updated and expanded with specific guidance about how to help victims of abuse, those who struggle with addictions, single expectant parents, pornography users, those who experience same-sex attraction, and those struggling with financial and employment issues.

Under the direction of the bishop, ward councils can use Ministering Resources to counsel together for the benefit of individuals and families within their ward boundaries.

From the Ensign, November 2014.

These resources will be translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish in the coming months.





Keeping Kids Safe on Facebook

facebook-safetyThe Facebook page Help Your Teens Play it Safe offers a few tips parents can use to keep their kids safe on Facebook.

Facebook lets you control the audience of your posts. Therefore, encourage your kids to review their privacy settings and to make sure they consider the audience when sharing content on Facebook.

Facebook encourages parents to set clear boundaries with their teens and use the same rules for online social activity as they would in real life. Think of social media as a get-together at one of your child’s friends’ houses. You should give permission for your teen to attend, and even though you aren’t there to monitor his or her behavior, consider your level of trust for your teen to have good judgment and act responsibly.

You need to find a healthy balance between your safety concerns and your teen’s growing independence and need for privacy.

The page Help Your Teens Play it Safe talks about the features on Facebook to help teens and children stay safe. I encourage parents to review the page and have discussions with their children about how to use Facebook responsibly.

Adapted from “Social media sites offer safety tips for parents.”