Florida wants to educate its children about the risks and benefits of social media

Florida wants to educate its children about the risks and benefits of social media

The Florida Senate unanimously voted to agree that social media should be taught in schools; the curriculum has already been developed and will be mandatory if the bill is enacted.

The new bill would also be available to parents and it would define social media in new state law. “It’s really troublesome to see how exposed our children are to things that we never grew up with, and we also want them to maintain their innocence as long as possible. I don’t know, the world has changed a lot since we were kids and it’s not necessarily for the better.”

Many parents today are unaware of the variety of social media platforms available, which is why they should encourage their children to be involved in this discussion. “I don’t have the latest apps, I’m not very computer savvy. All my government stuff is done with computers, but I don’t have a personal page for my social media – so it’s harder to communicate with my kids about what they’re doing on their phones.”

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The bill has received avid approval from both Democrats and Republicans, with the former stating- “You can see how social media is changing and some of the content it’s producing. It’s getting dangerous”, as U.S. Sen Shevrin Jones (D).

Republican Senator Jennifer Bradley wants Mr. Burgess to think about expanding the bill’s language to include other concerning activities by kids, like dangerous targeting. “I love this bill,” she said. “I think a lesson in this is a little bit broader,” Thompson said in a brief interview. “There’s certainly your social media platforms, but there’s a lot that happens online with websites.”

The bill still needs two more committee stops before reaching the full Senate. The House has not taken up an identical bill yet, either. The Legislature will start its annual 60-day session on Jan. 11th.

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