Facebook Wednesday published a valuable resource to help parents and educators guide teens through the online world, the Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide.
Contributors to the guide included the Family Online Safety Institute, WiredSafety, ConnectSafely.org, the Girl Scouts of Northern California, the PACER Center, Edutopia, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, and author and parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman.
The guide covers topics including:
- The basic principles of social media.
- Facebook’s community standards.
- How to report abuse on Facebook.
- Bullying intervention and prevention.
- Privacy and controlling your information.
- Facebook groups.
- Developing social media guidelines.
- Promoting digital citizenship.
- Promoting digital hygiene.
- Mobile tips.
The social network said in a note on the Facebook Safety page announcing its publication of the guide:
Today’s teens were born into a digital world. They are connecting, sharing, and learning through the latest advances in technology. This is creating a vibrant world full of interactivity and learning, where young people make new things and connect in ways that enrich their lives in the classroom and in their communities.
By all accounts, teens are mindful of how to behave and interact using social media. Still, the adults in teens’ lives — the parents, the educators, the community leaders — need to be supportive partners, assisting teens as they navigate safety, privacy, digital literacy, and citizenship. This means that they need to understand the digital world — and Facebook, in particular.
The Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide provides resources to help you do that.
Safety is an ongoing conversation where everyone plays a role — parents, educators, teens, policy makers, and all members of the community. We hope you take advantage of the guide and stay tuned to the Facebook Safety page to participate in the conversation.
Readers: Do you think the Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide can be a helpful resource?