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.
   27  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.
   94  Health education and life skills instruction and materials may
   95  not contradict the principles enumerated in subsection (3).
   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.