Florida Senate - 2023 CS for SB 52 By the Committee on Education Pre-K -12; and Senators Burgess, Osgood, Avila, and Calatayud 581-02014-23 202352c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to student use of social media 3 platforms; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; requiring 4 members of the instructional staff of public schools 5 to provide instruction on social media safety; 6 defining the term “social media”; requiring the 7 Department of Education to make social media safety 8 instructional material available online; requiring 9 district school boards to notify parents of the 10 availability of the instructional material; providing 11 requirements for the instructional material developed 12 by the department; defining the term “digital 13 citizenship”; specifying required components of the 14 instructional material; creating s. 1006.1494, F.S.; 15 requiring each school district to prohibit and prevent 16 students from accessing social media platforms through 17 the use of Internet access provided by the school 18 district; providing an effective date. 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Paragraph (u) is added to subsection (2) of 23 section 1003.42, Florida Statutes, to read: 24 1003.42 Required instruction.— 25 (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public 26 schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education 27 and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and 28 faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the 29 highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy, 30 following the prescribed courses of study, and employing 31 approved methods of instruction, the following: 32 (u) Social media safety. For purposes of this paragraph, 33 the term “social media” means a form of interactive electronic 34 communication through an Internet website or application by 35 which a user creates a service-specific identifying user profile 36 to connect with other users of the Internet website or 37 application for the purpose of communicating and sharing 38 information, ideas, news, stories, opinions, images, videos, and 39 other content. The Department of Education shall make social 40 media safety instructional material available online and 41 district school boards shall notify parents of the material’s 42 online availability. The material must include age-appropriate 43 and developmentally appropriate instruction on social media 44 safety for students in grades 6 through 12 and focus on the 45 social, emotional, and physical effects of social media and 46 promote best practices in digital citizenship. For purposes of 47 this requirement, “digital citizenship” means the norms of 48 appropriate, responsible, and healthy behavior related to social 49 media, including digital literacy, ethics, etiquette, and 50 security. The social media safety instruction must include: 51 1. The advantages of social media use. Such instruction may 52 only include career and resume building for future academic or 53 employment opportunities, sharing information with familiar 54 family and friends, and safely connecting with other users with 55 like interests. 56 2. The risks of social media, including, but not limited 57 to, social media addiction, publication of misinformation, 58 negative effects on mental health, and the permanent nature of 59 content shared online. 60 3. How to safely use social media, including, but not 61 limited to, maintaining personal security, preventing 62 oversharing of personal information, identifying predatory 63 behavior and human trafficking, and reporting suspicious 64 behavior. 65 66 The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards 67 and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. 68 Instructional programming that incorporates the values of the 69 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is 70 offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or 71 other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness 72 initiative meets the requirements of paragraph (t). 73 Section 2. Section 1006.1494, Florida Statutes, is created 74 to read: 75 1006.1494 Prohibiting student access to social media 76 platforms.—Each school district shall prohibit and prevent 77 students from accessing social media platforms through the use 78 of Internet access provided by the school district. 79 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.