When schools shut down across the US in March, Facebook saw more than 2,000 homeschooling-related Groups created. Months later, this back-to-school season is looking much different than years past. With many staying home, Facebook has just launched the “Educator Hub” to help parents and educators navigate the back-to-school-season.
“What we’ve seen over and over in our recent surveys with educators, families, and leaders is that they are very concerned about their physical health and having a realistic plan for the re-opening of schools,” Marc Brackett, author of Permission To Fell and director of the YCEI, tells Parentology.
The Educator Hub was designed as an online destination for parents and teachers wanting answers on remote learning and teaching, balancing work and home responsibilities, and taking care of the safety and well-being of all involved.
“Get Digital” With Facebook
The Hub will feature “Get Digital,” Facebook’s free digital literacy program for students, parents, and teachers. The program offers lesson plans, conversation starters, activities, videos, and other tools to help young people develop the skills necessary to navigate today’s digital world.
For example. educators and parents can access anti-racism resources in order to help younger ones understand the world around them. The Educator Hub features information and guides straight from community organizations, like The Conscious Kid.
The Hub also places a heavy emphasis on staying connected, whether it be adults connecting to others over shared experiences or students connecting outside of a traditional classroom.
Ericka Souter, Family and Parenting expert and author, partnered with Messenger and Messenger Kids to create a series of guides on safely communicating on Facebook. The guides cover topics like Helping Your Child Connect with New Classmates, Building Virtual Clubs & Study Breaks for Your Child, and Virtual Lunchtime, Recess & Playdates with Messenger Kids.
Parents, Teachers: Take Care of Yourself
The Educator Hub will also serve as a go-to spot for parents and teachers who are needing resources for their mental wellbeing. They can access self-care strategies, mental health tips, and other resources straight from experts.
“Many of us are parenting, working, teaching, managing the household, managing self-care, and/or in some instances losing our jobs, losing our homes, and losing loved ones to COVID-19,” said Allison Harris-Turk, Founder of Learning in the Time of Corona Facebook Group. “Thankfully, we have each other in this Facebook community to provide support, resources, and inspiration. It is the generosity in advice, care, and contributions that keep us connected every day.”
Instagram users can also access Instagram and JED Foundation’s “Pressure to be Perfect,” a resource developed to support positive teen expression on social media. It has strategies for both parents and their teens to help everyone understand how they feel about their content and their online interactions.
Parents and educators can access Facebook’s Educator Hub now.