Kids can’t get a Facebook account until they turn 13, but thanks to Facebook’s Scrapbook feature a collection of embarrassing family photos will be waiting for them when they sign up for an account.
Parents can tag photos of their kids to create a Scrapbook. It’s being described as a "modern day baby book." Well, that’s sure to please preteens everywhere. It sounds like a great way for parents to share family photos with friends and family who are further away. Children, on the other hand, may not be so appreciative.
Facebook product manager Dan Barak explained why the Scrapbook feature is being introduced. He said, “I started seeing friends who were parents adding photos of their kids and tagging their partners… we asked and interviewed a bunch of parents and found 65% of partners who share photos of their kids on Facebook [in the US] do this." He added that he realised that people needed a "better way to organise them."
Privacy and safety is important. Only parents with access to Scrapbook can tag and add photos. They will also be able to dictate who can see the Scrapbook photos.
Scrapbook is currently only available in the United States on iOS, Android, and desktop. It is a pilot feature, which Facebook will be monitoring and responding to feedback on. We may then see it rolled out in other regions.
In the meantime, and even after Facebook Scrapbook is launched, you should print your photos to keep them safe. And if you’re looking for something to do with your photos, we have some ideas. Call into Harvey Norman to get your photos printed or to get personalised items decorated with treasured memories.
In Short: Facebook announced the launch of Scrapbook, a new feature that will let parents tag photos of their children, even if their children do not have an account.