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Common Sense at the Digital Citizenship Summit

Last week at the Digital Citizenship Summit, Common Sense Kids Action launched a campaign to pass digital citizenship legislation in state capitols throughout the country.

The team from Common Sense Kids Action joined nearly 200 other researchers, activists, and educators last week to discuss trends in digital citizenship at the Digital Citizenship Summit, hosted by Twitter.

The summit brought together representatives from nearly 40 leading organizations to discuss education trends, advocacy possibilities, and how policymakers are beginning to view digital citizenship as a legislative imperative. Common Sense Kids Action used the summit as an opportunity to launch an aggressive campaign that will seek to pass digital citizenship legislation in state capitols throughout the country.

Kids have never had as much access to the internet and mobile technologies at home and school as they do today. School administrators and educators are now faced with challenges such as privacy, digital cheating, and cyberbullying. By teaching kids digital citizenship, we can help them thrive in a world driven by media and technology. Our coalition, composed of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Media Literacy Now, and the Digital Citizenship Institute, looks forward to working with policymakers on legislation that fosters collaboration on the best practices of comprehensive digital citizenship and media literacy policies in the country.

With young people spending more and more time on mobile devices, digital citizenship has increasingly become a priority for policymakers around the country. Earlier this year in California, the State Legislature declared the week of October 16–22, 2016, as Digital Citizenship Week and announced its support for training and educating teachers and parents to help kids understand and manage digital media. The official resolution states: "This new media literacy should become an integral part of children's education that is woven into the overall curriculum across grade levels, starting as early as kindergarten."

In the coming months, the coalition will announce the states in which it plans to focus its advocacy efforts in 2017.

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JR Starrett
JR oversees Let's Invest Large in Youth (LILY), a multi state program for Common Sense Kids Action. In this capacity JR works with a team of internal and external stakeholders to identify and introduce state based legislation that will positively impact kids. Prior to joining Common Sense, JR served as a seasoned political operative managing campaign efforts for some of the nation’s most competitive races. JR was recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2014. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.