FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 25, 2015

Facebook, Blue Star Families and USAA teamed up and released an online safety guide designed specifically for military families. The guide provides information on the safety policies and tools Facebook provides to help service members connect and share with friends and family while maintaining their personal safety. Facebook worked closely with USAA and Blue Star Families to ensure the guide addressed some of the unique risks and responsibilities faced by military families.

“More than 93 percent of military families use Facebook to stay connected. We understand the unique safety risks they face and want to provide the technical tools and practical tips that will allow them to keep in close contact with their friends and families while maintaining their personal safety on our platform,” said Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety for Facebook.

“Social media is increasingly becoming a communication channel of choice for the military community and our overall membership in particular,” says Renee Horne, vice president of Social Business at USAA.  “It’s important we enable them to connect, engage and share with their friends, family and USAA in a safe manner while serving our country.

“Staying connected with friends and loved ones is paramount for the health and wellbeing of any family, but even more so for military families who are experiencing long deployments and frequent moves,” said Kathy Roth Douquet, Blue Star Families CEO. “Blue Star Families is proud to partner with our friends at Facebook to create a guide with tips, suggestions, and additional resources to keep military families and their personal information safe when they are online.”  

The Military Families Online Safety Guide explains how to utilize Facebook’s privacy, security, and safety tools to do things such as enable additional security features, block someone from seeing what you post, or report something inappropriate. The guide also offers tips for using fast-changing technology in a safe and smart way – suggestions include everything from protecting sensitive or personal information on your home network to protecting your children and family from risks related to over-sharing, poor judgment, or bad digital citizenship. The guide addresses situations unique to military families, for example, sharing seemingly innocuous personal information and how that could inadvertently conflict with good security procedures.

Blue Star Families and USAA will help Facebook identify locations and existing systems for disseminating the guide to active military service people both in the United States and abroad.

A full copy of the guide may be found here.


About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. For more information, visit https://bluestarfam.org, facebook.com/bluestarfamilies or twitter.com/BlueStarFamily.

About USAA

The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 11.2 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving our nation in the U.S. military or have received a discharge type of Honorable – and their eligible family members. Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit usaa.com.