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Facebook Launches ‘Get Digital’ Program to Improve Digital Literacy Among School Students

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With many students returning to school in digital form, as opposed to the regular classroom, Facebook has launched a new initiative to help improve digital literacy and keep users safe while logging into their lessons online.

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As explained by Facebook:

“We understand back-to-school looks different this year due to COVID-19, and parents, teachers and students around the world are facing a myriad of challenges, from remote teaching and learning, balancing work and home responsibilities, and most importantly, maintaining the safety and well-being of everyone involved. Get Digital, our digital citizenship and wellbeing program, provides schools and families with lesson plans and activities to help build the core competencies and skills young people need to navigate the digital world in safe ways.”

The new program, which has its own mini-site, includes a range of courses on various elements of digital connection, with dedicated sections for students, parents and teachers.

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In addition to this, Facebook will also be hosting a series of live events in September to provide assistance and guidance for young people, addressing a range of key concerns. The first session discussed mental health issues among younger users, with additional resources and input from the JED Foundation.

A lot of the resources on the new Get Digital platform are similar to those available on Facebook’s Parents Portal hub, but with a more dedicated focus on digital learning and literacy, based on how more students are now utilizing connectivity. Facebook also launched a similar ‘Educator Hub‘ resource last month, though the Get Digital program seems more aimed at catering to younger students as well.

And that could be a transformative shift. While the current situation sees students logging in online because of COVID-19 restrictions, many businesses, and indeed, schools, are likely finding that there are efficiencies and benefits to home learning, which will lead to the evolution of such tools.

Which could make educational resources like this even more relevant. Indeed, digital literacy should now be on every school curriculum, and Facebook’s resources could be a good place to start in educating younger users on how to make best, safe use of the various online resources.

You can check out the new Get Digital hub here.  

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Meta Announces 2022 Facebook Communities Summit Event

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Meta Announces 2022 Facebook Communities Summit Event

Meta has announced the date for its 2022 Facebook Communities Summit, with a virtual event scheduled for October 21st, in which Meta will bring together moderators from various Facebook groups to provide key insights and tips, while also sharing previews of upcoming groups tools and features.

As per Meta:

The Facebook Communities Summit is back. Join us virtually to celebrate inspiring community builders, hear from Facebook leaders, and learn about a number of new products and features to help you build, grow, and support your groups.”

Previous Communities Summit events have seen the launch of various new tools and updates, so it could well be worth tuning in if you’re looking to stay up with the latest group moderation options that could help to maximize your Facebook community.

Facebook Groups remain a key element of the broader Facebook experience. Despite the app, overall, losing engagement, groups are a key interaction space for many people, on many, many niche topics, and with the main feed becoming so divisive and political, many users have switched to groups to avoid the drama, and engage with like-minded people in a more private, enclosed way.

Indeed, Meta itself has repeatedly noted that Facebook users are sick of the politically divisive content in the app, and groups offers some respite from this. And with almost 2 billion people still logging onto Facebook every day, it can be an important connective consideration, and a good alternative for building community.

Which is also a consideration for brands, either by creating your own groups for fans/customers, or by seeking out groups related to your niche, and working to build connections within these communities.

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Meta has also been working to add in more monetization options for groups, which could also provide new considerations in seeking to meet your target audience where they’re spending their time.

As such, it could be worth tuning into the Communities Summit later this month to get the latest info on Facebook Groups, and where things are headed.

You can learn more about 2022 Facebook’s Communities Summit, and sign-up to attend, here.

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