Bill Would Require Social Media Education

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. May 13, 2013

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Instruction on the responsible use of social media could be required for middle school students in New Jersey.

The Assembly Education committee voted unanimously to advance a bill that would require school districts to address the benefits and dangers of social media as part of the core curriculum for students in grades six though eight.

Assemblyman Angel Fuentes says acting inappropriately on social media sites can have long-term negative consequences.

 “Careers can be ruined, opportunities can be lost, and relationships can be destroyed with the click of a post button and perhaps because of peer pressure.”

Some schools already teach students about safe social media practices, but Fuentes says the instruction should be offered in all middle schools because kids are becoming addicted to technology at an early age.

“Anyone can view a year’s worth of behavior at a glance. Underage drinking, inappropriate photos, and crude posts are all within reach of anyone with access to the internet.”

The New Jersey Education Association and the School Boards Association support the legislation.

It has not yet been introduced in the state Senate.


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