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.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.
   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.