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Minister calls for school 'Facebook lessons'

The Local · 8 Feb 2012, 08:52

Published: 08 Feb 2012 08:52 GMT+01:00

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As part of a “Safer Internet Day 2012,” Schröder visited a school in Berlin on Tuesday to raise awareness of the dangers of internet bullying and identity theft on social networks.

She said that protecting children from such dangers was just as much the responsibility of schools as parents and government.

“Like sex education in primary school, the likes of Facebook belong in the classroom from the fifth grade,” she told the Bild newspaper.

“Social networks are not just meant to be fun for their members, they are meant to make money for their operators,” she said. “That’s why it’s important to know the risks of using them.”

Surveys suggest that German children between the ages of 9 and 16 spend an average of 88 minutes a day on the internet, while 72 percent of German kids aged 13 to 16 have a profile in a social network.

Jürgen Brautmeier, director of the state authority for media in North Rhine-Westphalia, echoed the minister’s call.

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“Even in primary school, children should learn to move responsibly in the digital world,” he told the paper.

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10:09 February 8, 2012 by Shiny Flu
The only issue being the growing gap that already exists in society between those that fully understand social networking and those that just have a facebook profile.

A friend of ours who is a German teacher actually has her students as friends on her personal facebook - without restricting content.

It is a great idea though, just going to be interesting how tough it'll be to properly implement.
16:04 February 8, 2012 by auslanderus
Sorry but I think it's a bad idea. You want to teach them Facebook when they can hardly read a book, spell or write correctly. Get back to basics and let them play with Facebook at home.
19:10 February 8, 2012 by Englishted
The way censorship of you tube is going over here, teach them to use Facebook before some court in a German town bans it or makes it so closed that it is useless.
19:58 February 8, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Lessons for the teachers, he probably meant.
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