New Jersey Legislation

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Current Legislation

Senate Bill No. 436 – “Requires Department of Education to encourage boards of education to offer instruction in media literacy”

NJ State Senate Bill No. 436

Jan 12, 2016 – Introduced, and referred to the Senate Education Committee.
June 20, 2016 – Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading.
June 27, 2016 – Passed by the Senate (39-0) and referred to Assembly Education Committee.
January 9, 2018 – Reintroduced; referred to Assembly Education Committee.

Primary sponsors: This bill was previously introduced (as S1761) by Senator Diane B. Allen, a long-time supporter of media literacy. Since Media Literacy Now started working with her, the new bill has attracted additional sponsors: Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Rep. Wayne DeAngelo, Rep. Daniel Benson, and Rep. Mila Jasey.

Previous Session Bill Number: S1761

The bill, based on Media Literacy Now’s national model, would require the Department of Education to encourage each board of education throughout the state to offer instruction in media literacy, and to study the feasibility of incorporating the instruction into the curriculum of the Common Core State Standards in English-Language Arts. The law puts a particular emphasis on media literacy in response to violence in the media.

New Jersey legislative information

Existing Law

AN ACT concerning social media instruction in public school districts and supplementing chapter 35 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes

Passed January 24th, 2014

C.18A:35-4.27 Instruction on responsible use of social media, sponsored by Assemblymember Angel Fuentes

In January, 2014, New Jersey passed a law requiring schools to teach safe and ethical use of social media.

Under this law, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, each school district shall incorporate instruction on the responsible use of social media into the technology education curriculum for students in grades 6 through 8 as part of the district’s implementation of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Technology.

The instruction shall provide students with information on: (1) the purpose and acceptable use of various social media platforms; (2) social media behavior that ensures cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics; and (3) potential negative consequences, including cyberbullying, of failing to use various social media platforms responsibly.

The Commissioner of Education is required to provide school districts with sample learning activities and resources designed to promote the responsible use of social media.

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