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.
Facebook Engineer Carlos Bueno does more than work on the world’s largest social network. Bueno is the author of Lauren Ipsum, a novel about computer science and critical thinking, aimed at kids, and the book is being used in classrooms worldwide.
Yes, teenagers use Facebook. And although whether or not they’ll be using Facebook in a few years remains to be seen, the site does have a considerable presence among high-school students. The Pew Research Center recently examined how teens use social media, finding that they don’t like drama and having their parents connected to them, but they stay on Facebook because it plays a key part in the social experience. However, Facebook’s youngest users tend to have no problem configuring privacy settings.
A Platform for Good, a new online resource from the Family Online Safety Institute aimed at parents, teachers, and teens, launched Wednesday after being initially announced in February, and FOSI member Facebook plugged the launch in a note on the Facebook Safety page.
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The use of Facebook among teachers and students has made the news quite often of late, usually not in a good way, but Facebook is looking to help change that by teaming up with Edutopia, an initiative created by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, on “How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School.”
New guidelines were released by the New York City Department of Education that define how teachers can and cannot use Facebook and other social networks.
Facebook teaches students something their teachers don’t really appreciate: freedom of speech, which the U.S. protects in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Perhaps teachers ought to use Facebook only to stay in touch with friends and family, not students.
Here are some back-to-school tips for parents and teachers on Facebook.