Because many students in the United States will be returning to school in the coming weeks, Facebook has updated its parent and student resource tools to provide additional guidance to parents in managing their students’ online activity, as well as to students in avoiding unintended exposure on the internet.

First off, Facebook has rolled out a new update to its ‘Get Digital‘ online education resource hub, which provides a range of guides to help parents and students safely navigate online connection.

Facebook Get Digital

As per Facebook:

“We are excited to announce that we have expanded the content for the back-to-school season based on parent and teacher feedback to further support facilitation in the classroom, after school and at home.”

Created by Facebook in late 2017, the “Get Digital” platform promises to promote digital literacy while also keeping users secure while signing into their courses online. It was launched in late 2017. Because of the continuing lockdowns, this is a significant source of worry for many parents throughout the back-to-school season.

Facebook’s new Get Digital elements include:

  • Professional Development – Five individual professional development guides to be used by teacher leaders to train educators on how to use these materials in the classroom.
  • After School Guide – A facilitator’s guide designed for after school programming to support the usage of Get Digital in an after-school setting and among youth serving organizations.
  • Media Literacy Lessons – New media literacy lessons on reverse image search and metadata for our Get Digital Engagement pillar. These were drawn from the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Youth and Media.

These are valuable resources that, in my opinion, should be included in the standard educational curriculum. Nowadays, the vast majority of our contacts take place online, and as more companies seek to allow employees to work from home and as more students log in from distant locations, this dependence on the internet is only going to become stronger.

Some areas have already begun incorporating digital literacy into the general education curriculum, which seems to be the best course of action. Most, on the other hand, are not quite there yet, and as a result, these new tools may be very beneficial to those who want to take it upon themselves to enhance teacher and student comprehension of these critical concepts.

In addition to this, Facebook has also launched an updated Child Safety Hub, which is designed to further support parents, caregivers and educators with resources to facilitate increased youth safety online.

Facebook child safety hub

“We will use the center to consolidate and build upon our expert-informed and research-based initiatives in the areas of online safety and security, digital literacy, well-being, and bullying prevention, among other things. A resource for live and on-demand training, delivered in collaboration with our safety partners, will also be made available via the site.”

Facebook also mentions that its Child Safety Hub will be accessible in 55 languages over the course of the next several weeks, with the majority of those being in English.

Important Facebook efforts, which are in line with growing social trends and fill a potential vacuum in the school curriculum when it comes to coping with rising internet use, are being launched right now. These concerns are well-known to parents and educators, and many have taken steps to address them by developing their own programs and procedures to assist give insight and information on these issues. The new Facebook tools, on the other hand, are worth checking out if you’re searching for something more in-depth or just want to brush up on your own expertise.