Paul Schwartzman discusses best practices in organizing information for the web
The ever-changing landscape of the internet as an educational resource has left many fire safety educators overwhelmed. Best practices in establishing a website that appropriately informs consumers on safety practices are constantly changing. As part of the Public Education track at this morning's session,"Fire Safety Education and the Web: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", psychotherapist Paul Schwartzman highlighted the myriad ways the internet can be intergrated into positive fire safety education, reviewed some of the more destructive uses, and identified possible safeguards.
As the "largest communication network not regulated by the government", the world wide web requires careful navigation when considering gathering and posting information related to public safety. The audience needs to be made aware that sources are reputable, and touting www.NFPA.org, Mr. Schwartzman pointed out that information needs to be research- and evidence-based. He provided a planning process for organizing information for web publication, and audience members left with a better understanding of how to utilize the web in fire safety programs through developing strategies and partnerships.