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N.J. schools to guide students on using social media

State public schools offer lessons on social media, digital citizenship

social-mediaStarting next school year, New Jersey public school districts will be called on to teach middle schoolers about responsible use of social media, according to recently passed legislation.

Another bill, if signed by Gov. Christie, will require districts to create written policies about electronic communication between students and staff.

With both pieces of legislation, the Garden State stands to become more of a part of a conversation – some would say movement – that is gaining momentum nationally.

The topic is digital citizenship, a concept that includes responsible use of technology and learning to function in an ever more digital world.

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  1. dan597

    March 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    The requirement to teach responsible use of social media is not a new mandate. The federal “Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act” requires schools that receive federal technology funding “s to certify that their Internet safety policies
    provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other
    individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.” Since almost all public schools in the state are getting E-Rate dollars, they have been teaching responsible use of social media for the past two years.