Deactivate an account if it's a short-term decision.

How to Remove Teens From Facebook

by Kay Ireland

Facebook's Terms of Service require that all users should be over the age of 13, but that doesn't mean that your teen is automatically mature enough to use social networking after he blows out 13 candles on his cake. Unsafe activity on Facebook, online bullying and poor Facebook behavior might have you wishing you could remove your teen's account forever. Luckily, it's fairly easy to remove a Facebook account -- or at least put it on hold until your teen is ready to try again.

Talk to your teen about why you want to remove him from Facebook. Whether it's a consequence for inappropriate behavior away from the computer or the result of abusing Facebook's features, your teen should understand why his account is being deactivated or taken away. You'll also need to obtain your teen's login information, including his password.

Log into your teen's account. If you deactivate his account, he will effectively disappear from Facebook and no longer have access until you reactivate the account. To deactivate his account, click on the gear icon at the top right of the page. Then, choose "Account Settings." On the right-hand menu, choose "Security." At the bottom of all the options, click on "Deactivate your account." Click that and confirm that you want to deactivate.

Change your teen's password so he can't access his account and reactivate himself. Go back to "Account Settings" and choose "General" from the right-hand menu. Find "Password" and choose "Edit" to change the password.

Visit the Facebook Help Center if you want your teen's Facebook profile deleted completely. Facebook administration will actually complete the act, so you have to request a deletion while logged into your teen's account. When you request deletion, all of your teen's information removed from Facebook forever.

Evaluate your teen's readiness to try social networking again in the future. Keep in mind that your teen might try to create a new account, so it's a good idea to monitor his computer and talk to him about any contraband sites and why they can be dangerous or negative.

About the Author

Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.

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