Social networking giant, Facebook, launches a guide for school counselors. Facebook partnered with iKeepSafe and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) to better inform counselors about social networking. The idea is counselors are the first line of defense and the more informed they are, the better prepared they can be for any issues that may arise. Read on:
Facebook launches guide for school counselors
Summary: Facebook has funded and helped put together a guide for school counselors. The social networking giant recruited iKeepSafe and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to write it.
Facebook believes that school counselors have a vital role in teaching students how to stay safe online so it funded and worked with the two organizations to put the guide together. The document is meant to help school counselors in four key areas related to social networking:
– Developing their school’s Internet policy.
– Responding to online incidents that impact learning conditions.
– Detecting at-risk behavior.
– Teaching their students “digital citizenship”.
Facebook for School Counselors also explains Facebook features that are particularly helpful to school counselors and educators. The social networking giant says it hopes that if school counselors understand how the service works, they can more effectively address and confidently resolve issues that may arise.
“It’s important to provide school counselors—often the first line of defense in managing digital incidents with students—the necessary tools and skills to be competent and confident,” iKeepSafe president Marsalil Hancock said in a statement. “We applaud Facebook for leading the industry in providing these great resources.”
“Facebook is deeply committed to helping teens and educators understand the value of social media in education,” Joel Kaplan, Facebook Vice President of U.S. Policy, said in a statement. “That is why we are thrilled to collaborate with iKeepSafe and the American School Counselor Association to provide valuable resources to these educators. Facebook for School Counselors highlights specific ways that school counselors encounter social media and empowers them with resources and information to benefit their schools, students and colleagues.”
The guide is a complement to the other education one Facebook released in March 2011…