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Friday, September 28, 2012
by Michael Loatman
A New Jersey assemblyman Sept. 27 introduced legislation to
include proper use of social media as a core curriculum topic for
students in sixth to eighth grades.
A. 3292, introduced by Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D), would
require New Jersey middle schools include social media use in their
technology curriculum starting with the 2013-14 school year.
Instruction would include (1) acceptable use of various social
media platforms, (2) behavior that protects "cyber safety, cyber
security, and cyber ethics," and (3) the potential negative
consequences, such as cyberbullying, of improper social media
"Learning how to use social media as a tool can only help our
students in their future endeavors," Fuentes said in a statement. "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."
Fuentes added that the bill was important "not only because of
changing technology, but because of our growing dependency on
social media usage."
Copyright 2012, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
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