With teens posting everything from party pics to hurtful comments toward one another online, there's been a quiet push requiring teachers give lessons in the dos and don'ts of social media.
Texas school board member David Bradley acknowledges cyberbullying and risque selfies have become the norm for teens on social media, but he insists this isn't the school's responsibility.
“A lot of parents think when they drop their kids off in the morning until they pick them up in the afternoon, we're responsible for clothing them, feeding them, pampering them and catering to their every need except for teaching them reading, writing and arithmetic,” Bradley tells KTRH News.
Bradley believes social media already has done more harm than good for teens.
“Unfortunately with the technology, the texting and emails, we're losing the English language, the King's language no longer exists,” he says.
However, Merve Lapus at Common Sense Media disagrees.
“Especially if schools are bringing more technology into the school or know that kids have more access to it, there is a responsibility that we all talk about it,” he says.
The group claims over 65,000 schools already are using the lesson plan which mixes together the “Three Rs” with proper social media skills.
“They teach basic skills like reading comprehension and critical reading, or debate by looking at digital citizenship or digital literacy topics as the conversation and the mode to get there,” says Lapus.