Should Middle Schools Teach Students Proper Social Media Use?

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 use.

"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."

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