State law requires districts to adopt Internet use policies or to provide instruction on safe Internet use.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:17-43.2 New Jersey School Safety Specialist Academy, Certification programs.
b. The academy shall develop and implement a School Safety Specialist Certification Program. A school safety specialist appointed pursuant to section 2 [C.18A:17-43.3] of this act shall be required to acquire the certification. The certification program shall provide training, free of charge, to newly-appointed school safety specialists in the areas of bullying, hazing, truancy, Internet safety, emergency planning, emergency drills, drugs, weapons, gangs and school policing, and any other areas deemed necessary by the academy. The academy shall also offer annual training sessions for certified school safety specialists. The academy shall develop training modules in both traditional and online formats.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:35-4.17 Notification to students of risks of using computer services for illegal purposes; guidelines.
Every district or regional board of education shall, as part of any computer education instruction it provides, notify students on the potential risks and dangers posed to children by persons who use interactive computer services for illegal purposes. The notification shall be adapted to the age and understanding of elementary and secondary school pupils. The notification shall include information concerning the safe computing guidelines made available on the internet by the department pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1998, c.134 (C.52:17B-193). The Department of Education shall recommend guidelines and curriculum materials for utilization by local school districts on the ethical use of computers and the potential risks and dangers posed to juveniles by persons who use interactive computer services for unlawful purposes.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:35-4.27 Instruction on responsible use of social media.
1a. 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 Standard in Technology.
- b. 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 cyber bullying, of failing to use various social media platforms responsibly.
- c. The Commissioner of Education shall provide school districts with sample learning activities and resources designed to promote the responsible use of social media.
Safe and Ethical Use of Computers
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