Florida Senate - 2023                        CS for CS for SB 52
       By the Appropriations Committee on Education; the Committee on
       Education Pre-K -12; and Senators Burgess, Osgood, Avila,
       Calatayud, and Garcia
       602-02563-23                                            202352c2
    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 the social, emotional, and
    6         physical effects of social media to students in
    7         specified grades; specifying requirements for the
    8         instruction; requiring the Department of Education to
    9         make social media safety instructional material
   10         available online; requiring each district school board
   11         to notify parents of the availability of such
   12         material; authorizing the department to procure the
   13         instructional materials from a vendor or provider;
   14         amending s. 1006.07, F.S.; requiring that district
   15         school board codes of student conduct include a
   16         prohibition against students using wireless
   17         communications devices during instructional time and
   18         authorization for teachers to withhold a student’s
   19         device; creating s. 1006.1494, F.S.; requiring each
   20         school district to prohibit and prevent students from
   21         accessing social media platforms through the use of
   22         Internet access provided by the school district;
   23         providing an exception; authorizing the State Board of
   24         Education to adopt rules; providing an effective date.
   26  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   28         Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (2) of section
   29  1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   30         1003.42 Required instruction.—
   31         (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public
   32  schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education
   33  and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and
   34  faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the
   35  highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy,
   36  following the prescribed courses of study, and employing
   37  approved methods of instruction, the following:
   38         (n) Comprehensive age-appropriate and developmentally
   39  appropriate K-12 instruction on:
   40         1. Health education that addresses concepts of community
   41  health, consumer health, environmental health, and family life,
   42  including:
   43         a. Injury prevention and safety.
   44         b. Internet safety.
   45         c. Nutrition.
   46         d. Personal health.
   47         e. Prevention and control of disease.
   48         f. Substance use and abuse.
   49         g. Prevention of child sexual abuse, exploitation, and
   50  human trafficking.
   51         2. For students in grades 7 through 12, teen dating
   52  violence and abuse. This component must include, but not be
   53  limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the
   54  warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the
   55  characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent
   56  and stop dating violence and abuse, and community resources
   57  available to victims of dating violence and abuse.
   58         3. For students in grades 6 through 12, awareness of the
   59  benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the
   60  consequences of teenage pregnancy.
   61         4. Life skills that build confidence, support mental and
   62  emotional health, and enable students to overcome challenges,
   63  including:
   64         a. Self-awareness and self-management.
   65         b. Responsible decisionmaking.
   66         c. Resiliency.
   67         d. Relationship skills and conflict resolution.
   68         e. Understanding and respecting other viewpoints and
   69  backgrounds.
   70         f. For grades 9 through 12, developing leadership skills,
   71  interpersonal skills, organization skills, and research skills;
   72  creating a resume, including a digital resume; exploring career
   73  pathways; using state career planning resources; developing and
   74  practicing the skills necessary for employment interviews;
   75  workplace ethics and workplace law; managing stress and
   76  expectations; and self-motivation.
   77         5.a. For students in grades 6 through 12, the social,
   78  emotional, and physical effects of social media. This component
   79  must include, but need not be limited to, the negative effects
   80  of social media on mental health, including addiction; the
   81  distribution of misinformation on social media; how social media
   82  manipulates behavior; the permanency of sharing materials
   83  online; how to maintain personal security and identify
   84  cyberbullying, predatory behavior, and human trafficking on the
   85  Internet; and how to report suspicious behavior encountered on
   86  the Internet.
   87         b. The Department of Education shall make available online
   88  the instructional material being used pursuant to this
   89  subparagraph, and each district school board shall notify
   90  parents of its availability. The department may procure the
   91  instructional material from a vendor or provider.
   93  Health education and life skills instruction and materials may
   94  not contradict the principles enumerated in subsection (3).
   96  The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards
   97  and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection.
   98  Instructional programming that incorporates the values of the
   99  recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is
  100  offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or
  101  other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness
  102  initiative meets the requirements of paragraph (t).
  103         Section 2. Paragraph (f) of subsection (2) of section
  104  1006.07, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  105         1006.07 District school board duties relating to student
  106  discipline and school safety.—The district school board shall
  107  provide for the proper accounting for all students, for the
  108  attendance and control of students at school, and for proper
  109  attention to health, safety, and other matters relating to the
  110  welfare of students, including:
  111         (2) CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT.—Adopt a code of student
  112  conduct for elementary schools and a code of student conduct for
  113  middle and high schools and distribute the appropriate code to
  114  all teachers, school personnel, students, and parents, at the
  115  beginning of every school year. Each code shall be organized and
  116  written in language that is understandable to students and
  117  parents and shall be discussed at the beginning of every school
  118  year in student classes, school advisory council meetings, and
  119  parent and teacher association or organization meetings. Each
  120  code shall be based on the rules governing student conduct and
  121  discipline adopted by the district school board and shall be
  122  made available in the student handbook or similar publication.
  123  Each code shall include, but is not limited to:
  124         (f) Notice that use of a wireless communications device
  125  includes the possibility of the imposition of disciplinary
  126  action by the school or criminal penalties if the device is used
  127  in a criminal act. A student may possess a wireless
  128  communications device while the student is on school property or
  129  in attendance at a school function. Each district school board
  130  shall adopt rules governing the use of a wireless communications
  131  device by a student while the student is on school property or
  132  in attendance at a school function. A student may not use a
  133  wireless communications device during instructional time. A
  134  teacher may withhold a student’s wireless communications device
  135  during instructional time.
  136         Section 3. Section 1006.1494, Florida Statutes, is created
  137  to read:
  138         1006.1494 Prohibiting student access to social media
  139  platforms.—
  140         (1)(a) Each school district shall prohibit and prevent
  141  students from accessing social media platforms through the use
  142  of Internet access provided by the school district.
  143         (b) This subsection does not apply to career and technical
  144  education course instruction.
  145         (2) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to
  146  administer this section.
  147         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.