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NJ schools may put social media on curriculum

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Reading, writing, and Facebook? New Jersey is looking to teach social media in the classroom.

A bill making its way through the Legislature would require middle schools to teach "cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics" on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Kids would also be taught about the consequences of online bullying.

Baruti Kafele, an education consultant, says that cyber bullying is the No. 1 way that kids are bullying one another.

But Evette Bagley of Jersey City says social media isn't allowed in her home and she certainly doesn't want it in the public schools.

"When it comes to Jason no," she says. "He wants a page but he is not allowed at home and if they started teaching it in school I would not want him to be a part of it."

Others say social media is here stay so why not teach children about the consequences in school?

The New Jersey Senate almost unanimously passed the bill. It now heads back to the Assembly. It's expected become law.

"If I'm a parent and I want to restrict my child's use of social media I can probably pull that off at home but what happens when they go out the door?" Kafele says. "What happens if they have a smart phone, if their friends do? There is access. So let's educate them better and talk about the emotional pain, the psychological pain when one has been exposed through social media."

So cyber education could be in classrooms next year but some parents don't "like" it.

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