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New Jersey Lawmakers May Mandate Social Media Course For Grades 6-8

If Passed, Legislation Would Be First Of Its Kind In The U.S., May Start Trend
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Logging on to Facebook may soon be required coursework in New Jersey classrooms.

As CBS 2′s Janelle Burrell reported Friday, New Jersey lawmakers are expected to pass legislation that will mandate social media responsibility as part of the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade curriculum starting in the next school year.

The plan is part of an effort to teach social media responsibility to students.

“Kids don’t realize the consequences. Social media could potentially affect the future of their lives,” state Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan said.

If passed, the mandate would be the first of its kind in the country.

Social media expert Lance Ulanoff told Burrell that the mandate’s passage could influence other states into taking similar actions.

“I think it would be a class like any other, with introduction to social media platforms, the different ways people use them, what you can do with them beneficially and more importantly, the things that can happen, the pressures that can arise,” Ulanoff said.

The state Senate has already passed the bill. The Assembly is expected to vote on the legislation next week.

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