Florida Senate - 2023 CS for CS for CS for SB 52 By the Committee on Fiscal Policy; the Appropriations Committee on Education; the Committee on Education Pre-K -12; and Senators Burgess, Osgood, Avila, Calatayud, and Garcia 594-03175-23 202352c3 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, with an exception for use at the direction of 20 the teacher; creating s. 1006.1494, F.S.; requiring 21 each school district to prohibit and prevent students 22 from accessing social media platforms through the use 23 of Internet access provided by the school district; 24 providing an exception; authorizing the State Board of 25 Education to adopt rules; providing an effective date. 26 27 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 28 29 Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (2) of section 30 1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 31 1003.42 Required instruction.— 32 (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public 33 schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education 34 and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and 35 faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the 36 highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy, 37 following the prescribed courses of study, and employing 38 approved methods of instruction, the following: 39 (n) Comprehensive age-appropriate and developmentally 40 appropriate K-12 instruction on: 41 1. Health education that addresses concepts of community 42 health, consumer health, environmental health, and family life, 43 including: 44 a. Injury prevention and safety. 45 b. Internet safety. 46 c. Nutrition. 47 d. Personal health. 48 e. Prevention and control of disease. 49 f. Substance use and abuse. 50 g. Prevention of child sexual abuse, exploitation, and 51 human trafficking. 52 2. For students in grades 7 through 12, teen dating 53 violence and abuse. This component must include, but not be 54 limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the 55 warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the 56 characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent 57 and stop dating violence and abuse, and community resources 58 available to victims of dating violence and abuse. 59 3. For students in grades 6 through 12, awareness of the 60 benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the 61 consequences of teenage pregnancy. 62 4. Life skills that build confidence, support mental and 63 emotional health, and enable students to overcome challenges, 64 including: 65 a. Self-awareness and self-management. 66 b. Responsible decisionmaking. 67 c. Resiliency. 68 d. Relationship skills and conflict resolution. 69 e. Understanding and respecting other viewpoints and 70 backgrounds. 71 f. For grades 9 through 12, developing leadership skills, 72 interpersonal skills, organization skills, and research skills; 73 creating a resume, including a digital resume; exploring career 74 pathways; using state career planning resources; developing and 75 practicing the skills necessary for employment interviews; 76 workplace ethics and workplace law; managing stress and 77 expectations; and self-motivation. 78 5.a. For students in grades 6 through 12, the social, 79 emotional, and physical effects of social media. This component 80 must include, but need not be limited to, the negative effects 81 of social media on mental health, including addiction; the 82 distribution of misinformation on social media; how social media 83 manipulates behavior; the permanency of sharing materials 84 online; how to maintain personal security and identify 85 cyberbullying, predatory behavior, and human trafficking on the 86 Internet; and how to report suspicious behavior encountered on 87 the Internet. 88 b. The Department of Education shall make available online 89 the instructional material being used pursuant to this 90 subparagraph, and each district school board shall notify 91 parents of its availability. The department may procure the 92 instructional material from a vendor or provider. 93 94 Health education and life skills instruction and materials may 95 not contradict the principles enumerated in subsection (3). 96 97 The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards 98 and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. 99 Instructional programming that incorporates the values of the 100 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is 101 offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or 102 other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness 103 initiative meets the requirements of paragraph (t). 104 Section 2. Paragraph (f) of subsection (2) of section 105 1006.07, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 106 1006.07 District school board duties relating to student 107 discipline and school safety.—The district school board shall 108 provide for the proper accounting for all students, for the 109 attendance and control of students at school, and for proper 110 attention to health, safety, and other matters relating to the 111 welfare of students, including: 112 (2) CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT.—Adopt a code of student 113 conduct for elementary schools and a code of student conduct for 114 middle and high schools and distribute the appropriate code to 115 all teachers, school personnel, students, and parents, at the 116 beginning of every school year. Each code shall be organized and 117 written in language that is understandable to students and 118 parents and shall be discussed at the beginning of every school 119 year in student classes, school advisory council meetings, and 120 parent and teacher association or organization meetings. Each 121 code shall be based on the rules governing student conduct and 122 discipline adopted by the district school board and shall be 123 made available in the student handbook or similar publication. 124 Each code shall include, but is not limited to: 125 (f) Notice that use of a wireless communications device 126 includes the possibility of the imposition of disciplinary 127 action by the school or criminal penalties if the device is used 128 in a criminal act. A student may possess a wireless 129 communications device while the student is on school property or 130 in attendance at a school function. Each district school board 131 shall adopt rules governing the use of a wireless communications 132 device by a student while the student is on school property or 133 in attendance at a school function. A student may not use a 134 wireless communications device during instructional time, except 135 when used solely for educational purposes as directed by his or 136 her teacher. A teacher may withhold a student’s wireless 137 communications device during instructional time. 138 Section 3. Section 1006.1494, Florida Statutes, is created 139 to read: 140 1006.1494 Prohibiting student access to social media 141 platforms.— 142 (1) Each school district shall prohibit and prevent 143 students from accessing social media platforms through the use 144 of Internet access provided by the school district, except when 145 such use is solely for educational purposes as directed by their 146 teacher. 147 (2) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to 148 administer this section. 149 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.