The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill mandating a course on responsible social media use for sixth-through-eighth graders, because adults are always so good at teaching young people about tech.
It won’t just cover Twitter and Facebook — and hopefully the proper techniques for finger-scribbling all over a Snapchat photo. In addition, kids taking the class will learn about “cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics,” according to NJ.com.
A nice thought, since kids can be little shits. Still, we imagine the classes will be about as successful in preventing Facebook abuse as D.A.R.E. is at keeping kids from binge-drinking.
A Democratic Senator from Essex County notes that cyber-bullying is becoming a serious problem.
“It is never too early to teach our youth that online actions in the digital world have far-reaching consequences in real life, and this bill goes a long way towards doing that,” Senator M. Teresa Ruiz said.
At the very least, this reporter knows from experience that these classes will be a walk in the park compared to the forced NJ history curriculum they push on you in fourth grade.
Plus, it’ll be entertaining. Can you even imagine the bloated old farts that taught you in middle school trying to explain the nuances of a Twitter canoe?