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NJ lawmaker wants middle schoolers to learn social media

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 25 2012 11:33:31 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 25 2012 11:34:37 AM CDT
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TRENTON, N.J. -

If one New Jersey lawmaker has his way, middle school students would learn social media along with history and math.

Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester) has introduced a bill that would require all public school districts to teach social media-related essentials to students.

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," said Fuentes. "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."

If passed, this act would take affect the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Social media will be incorporated into the technology education curriculum as a part of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Technology.