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Creating Access to Digital Citizenship and Media-Literacy Education

How Common Sense Kids Action is using legislation to help kids and teens safely navigate today's digital world.

Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, yet they face potential pitfalls. Schools are dealing with the associated ramifications -- such as cyberbullying, digital cheating, and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn -- and for teachers to teach -- digital citizenship and media-literacy skills.

Common Sense Kids Action is happy to release "Creating Access to Digital Citizenship and Media-Literacy Education," a policy paper that explores the current state of this important public safety issue.

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Kids have never had as much access to the internet and mobile technologies at home and at school as they do today. While media and technology have great promise for learning, young people need support and education to learn how to make sound judgments when navigating the digital world.

In 2017, 11 states introduced legislation that would expand access to digital citizenship and media-literacy resources. The policy paper, developed with partner organizations NAMLE, Media Literacy Now, and SETDA, provides a background on the issues, as well as key legislative definitions in the policy area.

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.