Florida Senate - 2022 SB 480 By Senator Burgess 20-00447B-22 2022480__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to required instruction in public 3 schools; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring members 4 of the instructional staff of public schools to 5 provide instruction on social media literacy; defining 6 the term “social media”; requiring district school 7 boards to make social media literacy instructional 8 material available online; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Paragraph (u) is added to subsection (2) of 14 section 1003.42, Florida Statutes, to read: 15 1003.42 Required instruction.— 16 (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public 17 schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education 18 and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and 19 faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the 20 highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy, 21 following the prescribed courses of study, and employing 22 approved methods of instruction, the following: 23 (u) Social media literacy. For purposes of this paragraph, 24 “social media” means a form of interactive electronic 25 communication through an Internet website or application by 26 which a user creates a service-specific identifying user profile 27 to connect with other users of the Internet website or 28 application for the purpose of communicating and sharing 29 information, ideas, news, stories, opinions, images, and other 30 content. District school boards shall make social media literacy 31 instructional material available online and notify parents of 32 the material’s online availability. 33 34 The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards 35 and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. A 36 character development program that incorporates the values of 37 the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is 38 offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or 39 other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness 40 initiative meets the requirements of paragraphs (s) and (t). 41 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.