|Posted:||February 9, 2017 01:58 PM|
|From:||Representative Tina M. Davis|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Internet Safety Education Curriculum|
|In the near future, I plan to re-introduce House Bill 1927 of last session to require schools to provide age-appropriate education to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade on keeping safe from online predators.
In this electronic age, children have easy access to the Internet at home, school, and public places. The Internet can be used by sexual predators and other criminals to make initial contact with children and other vulnerable residents of Pennsylvania. With this in mind, it is essential that we provide education to our children as an effective method for preventing them from falling prey to online predators, identify theft, and other dangers.
Under my bill, local school boards would be empowered to determine the scope and duration of the required unit of instruction, which would be taught at least once each school year to students in grades kindergarten through twelve. Such instruction could be incorporated into the current courses of study regularly taught in the district’s schools, as determined by the school board. Recommended topics to be covered include, but would not be limited to:
In addition, any curricula devised may be submitted for review to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. This bill would also require the State Board of Education to make available on its Internet website resource materials for educating children regarding child online safety.
Please join me in sponsoring this legislation to ensure that students are taught how to be protected from those who would seek to take advantage of them and harm them through the utilization of the Internet or other method available via an electronic device.
Introduced as HB957