TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — Children are racking up more screen time than ever before on social media and state Sen. Danny Burgess thinks they need social media safety taught in the classroom.
Burgess proposed the bill for the second time this year and has hopes of making it law.
If approved, for the first time in Florida’s history, the state might require public schools to teach social media safety.
“It’s about protecting kids. It’s about helping them realize things they do today may live long after they posted it.” Burgess said.
The bill aims to teach children about the advantages and disadvantages of social media by teaching them social media literacy.
Both Republicans and Democrats were on board for an almost identical bill last session.
Despite bipartisan support, it stalled in committee and died before reaching the chamber floors. If passed, the newest version requires the department of education to come up with a social media safety curriculum. They’d also make instructional materials available online so parents can take a peek themselves.
Another big part of this bill defines for the first time in state law what social media is.
As “a form of interactive electronic communication through an Internet website or application by which a user creates a service-specific identifying user profile to connect with other users of the Internet website or application for the purpose of communicating and sharing information, ideas, news, stories, opinions, images, videos, and 31 other content.”
The legislation is set to be heard during March’s legislative session.