|1-10-14 Passed 1-9-14 in NJ Legislature - Dyslexia Screening by Second Grade and Middle Schoolers To Learn Social Media Savvy|
Legislation to require certain public school students be screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities before they finish second grade and be provided with proper treatment if the screening confirms a diagnosis received final legislative approval
"...Middle school students would get a mandatory course on how to use social media responsibly under a bill passed by the state Senate today....The courses would be required starting in the 2014-2015 school year."
Star Ledger - Bill would mandate middle schoolers learn social media savvy
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TRENTON — Middle school students would get a mandatory course on how to use social media responsibly under a bill passed by the state Senate today.
The bill (A3292), which passed 37-2, would require school districts to instruct sixth through eighth graders on “cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics” on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Kids would also be taught about the consequences of online bullying and other bad behaviors.
“Cyber-bullying is becoming a serious problem among children who may not understand the significance of their online actions. It is never too early to teach our youth that actions in the digital world have far-reaching consequences in real life, and this bill goes a long way towards doing that,” said Senator Ruiz (D-Essex).
The state Department of Education would be required to give school districts guidance through “sample learning activities and resources.”
The courses would be required starting in the 2014-2015 school year. (Friedman/Star-Ledger)
Garden State Coalition of Schools