S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
February 14, 2012
Introduced by Sens. FARLEY, DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN, GRISANTI, JOHNSON,
LAVALLE, LITTLE, MARCELLINO, MARTINS, OPPENHEIMER, SEWARD, STAVISKY,
ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be
committed to the Committee on Education
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to digital literacy
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 814 of the education law, as added by chapter 526
of the laws of 2006, subdivision 3 as added by chapter 545 of the laws
of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
S 814. Courses of study in DIGITAL LITERACY, TO INCLUDE internet safe-
ty. 1. Any school district in the state may provide, to pupils in grades
kindergarten through twelve, instruction designed to promote the proper
and safe use of the internet AND PREPARE STUDENTS TO USE TECHNOLOGY AND
THE INTERNET TO ACCESS, EVALUATE, CREATE AND SHARE INFORMATION IN AN
APPROPRIATE, EFFECTIVE AND SAFE MANNER.
2. The commissioner shall provide technical assistance to assist in
the development of curricula for such courses of study which shall be
age appropriate and developed according to the needs and abilities of
pupils at successive grade levels in order to provide awareness, skills,
information and support to aid in the safe usage of the internet AND TO
DEVELOP DIGITALLY LITERATE STUDENTS.
3. The commissioner shall develop age-appropriate resources and tech-
nical assistance for schools to provide to students in grades three
through twelve and their parents or legal guardians concerning the safe
and responsible use of the internet. The resources shall include, but
not be limited to, information regarding how child predators may use the
internet to lure and exploit children, protecting personal information,
internet scams and cyber-bullying.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.