Florida lawmaker aiming to have 'social media security' taught in lecture rooms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — Kids are racking up extra display time than ever earlier than on social media, and Florida State Sen. Danny Burgess (R) thinks they want “social media security” taught within the classroom.

Burgess proposed the invoice for the second time this 12 months, with hopes of constructing it regulation.

If permitted, Florida would possibly require public faculties to show social media security for the primary time within the state’s historical past.

“It’s about defending youngsters,” Burgess mentioned. “It’s about serving to them understand issues they do as we speak could reside lengthy after they posted it.”

The invoice goals to tell kids of the benefits and drawbacks of social media by instructing them social media literacy.

Each Republicans and Democrats had been on board for an virtually an identical invoice final session, too. However regardless of bipartisan assist, it stalled in committee and died earlier than reaching the chamber flooring.

If handed, the latest model of Burgess’ proposed invoice requires the state’s Division of Training to give you a social media security curriculum. They’d additionally make tutorial supplies accessible on-line so mother and father can take a peek themselves.

One other huge a part of this invoice defines — for the primary time in state regulation — what social media is. 

The proposed definition? “A type of interactive digital communication by means of an Web web site or utility by which a person creates a service-specific figuring out person profile to attach with different customers of the Web web site or utility for the aim of speaking and sharing data, concepts, information, tales, opinions, photos, movies, and 31 different content material.”

The proposed laws is ready to be heard throughout March’s legislative session.