The AP’s got a better write, pointing out that other states are following suit in offering classes, but Virginia’s the first to make them a must:
Nationally, Texas and Illinois are among states that have since passed their own Internet safety education laws, but unlike Virginia they don’t make the courses mandatory.
I think this is an excellent idea, but I’d like to see schools take it one step further and have parents sit in on Internet safety classes with their kids. Clearly you can’t make those mandatory, but in my opinion, too many parents either don’t know or don’t care what their kids are doing online. And on both counts, they should.