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Should schools teach kids how to be responsible on social media?

by Aarti Shahani, The California Report | Take Two

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Second graders at Baldwin Hills Elementary swipe through their iPads for the first time and call out the apps they see. Baldwin Hills is the final school to receive iPads as part of LAUSD's pilot program. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

People, whether they're kids, teens or adults, post a lot of dumb stuff online: selfies from funerals, snapshots of teens drinking alcohol tagged with screen names.

Most of it disappears into the endless stream of noise we've come to expect from social media, but some of it can lead to tragic consequences, even suicide. Some say schools ought to teach kids how to behave online.

But the California Report's Aarti Shahani says educators aren't so sure.

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