TRENTON – Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-5) of Camden, wants schools to teach students how to properly use social media.
On Tuesday, he introduced legislation to include social media as part of the school’s core technology curriculum for students in grades 6 through 8, starting in the 2013-14 school year.
The bill calls for requiring all public school districts to teach social media-related essentials to students.
“I find this legislation to be highly important, not only because of changing technology, but because of our growing dependency on social media usage,” Fuentes said in a statement. “Technology is dynamic, it is essential to keep up. Understanding how to safely and effectively navigate the many captivating social media platforms is a necessity.”
The students would learn the purpose and acceptable usage of the varying platforms of social media, behavior that ensures cyber safety, ethics, and security on social media, and also the potentially negative consequences of social media; such as bullying or irresponsible usage of social media platforms.
“Learning how to use social media as a tool can only help our students in their future endeavors,” Fuentes added. “Once you put something on the internet, that’s it. That post will always exist, even if you delete it. One misuse of this medium as a teen could plague your adult life forever.”