CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- As the first cellphone increasingly becomes a preteen rite of passage, a growing group of educators wants to equip adolescent digital natives with a user manual that has little to do with apps and pixel resolution.
At the St. Michael School in suburban St. Louis, middle-schools students are learning how to manage their digital reputations, why retailers rely on facial recognition software and other legal and ethical issues raised by spending hours each day online or texting with friends.
The pilot program is offered through the law school at Washington University in St. Louis, one of 13 schools nationwide testing a privacy curriculum developed at Fordham Law School in New York. Other participants include Georgetown, Harvard, Idaho, Tulane and the University of California campuses in Berkeley and Irvine.