BC Counsellor - Winter 2014 - (Page 5)

The Fine Print Connie Easton From the Editor's Desk The conference issue this year is focused on counselling in a wired world-a topic school counsellors can definitely relate to! I don't know about you, but I sure do spend a lot of time dealing with issues around Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Our students are dealing with issues of harassment, bullying and exploitation all connected to the world of instant messages and online chat. Many students are spending inordinate amounts of time staring at a screen and connected to people halfway around the world, without really knowing who they are talking to. Last year, our school had social media specialist Jesse Miller come talk to our students about security and anonymity online. He chose students from the audience at random and with a few clicks of the mouse, was able to find out all sorts of personal information about them. Even with privacy settings on Facebook, most of us are quite vulnerable to having our identities compromised. Our students need coaching and education about how to navigate this world. They need to understand that anything they post is the equivalent to a "digital tattoo," and those images can be used against them for a long time to come. Another great resource is SOS-Safe Schools Online-that has presenters who can come to your school and talk to your students about being safe online. Since social media is here to stay, and our students are more tech savvy than most of us ever will be, it behooves us to keep abreast of this wired world they live in. Our conference theme used technology to keep us connected for the two days we were there, and that is the point: technology can connect us or separate and isolate us, depending on how we use it and what we do with it. Our students need to know this as well. We hope you had a chance to attend our conference this year; if not, please take time to read the review of our keynote presentation (page 12). There's also a primer to help you master Social Media 101 (page 6) and an article on how to best use apps (page 11) so that you can keep up with your students! As we move into the second half of the school year, remember to take care of yourself and take time to have balance in your work and in your life. BC Counsellor | Winter 2013-14 | www.bcschoolcounsellor.com Since social media is here to stay, and our students are more tech savvy than most of us ever will be, it behooves us to keep abreast of this wired world they live in. 5 http://www.bcschoolcounsellor.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Winter 2014

President’s Message
The Fine Print
Social Media 101
Embracing Social Media in Guidance and Career Education
Top 10 iPad Counselor Apps
BCSCA Conference 2013 — Full Coverage!
Counsellor’s Corner
Index to Advertisers

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