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NJ Bill Would Force Middle Schoolers to Learn About Tweeting

Because they definitely wouldn't pick it up on their own.

"Made out with a hot dog? That was one time!" (Photo: Getty)

“Made out with a hot dog? That was one time!” (Photo: Getty)

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill mandating a course on responsible social media use for sixth-through-eighth graders, because adults are always so good at teaching young people about tech.

It won’t just cover Twitter and Facebook — and hopefully the proper techniques for finger-scribbling all over a Snapchat photo. In addition, kids taking the class will learn about “cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics,” according to NJ.com.

A nice thought, since kids can be little shits. Still, we imagine the classes will be about as successful in preventing Facebook abuse as D.A.R.E. is at keeping kids from binge-drinking.

A Democratic Senator from Essex County notes that cyber-bullying is becoming a serious problem.

“It is never too early to teach our youth that online actions in the digital world have far-reaching consequences in real life, and this bill goes a long way towards doing that,” Senator M. Teresa Ruiz said.

 At the very least, this reporter knows from experience that these classes will be a walk in the park compared to the forced NJ history curriculum they push on you in fourth grade. 

Plus, it’ll be entertaining. Can you even imagine the bloated old farts that taught you in middle school trying to explain the nuances of a Twitter canoe?

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Comments

  1. earblog123 says:

    Reblogged this on The Unsocial Media Blog and commented:
    I think this initiative is a brilliant idea, not only will it teach teenagers the dangers of the interent but it will also help prevent cyber bullying. If only this was a worldwide bill! More needs to be done in education to teach children about online culture, because social networking and internet usage is only going to get bigger and bigger as time goes by in this new social media age. Being educated about it could really make a difference with regards to cyber bullying and children being vulnerable on the interent. Do you agree?

  2. earblog123 says:

    We think this is a great idea to start educating children of the risks of the internet and the repercussions of cyber bullying while they are young and before their social media usage increases.