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Rhode Island Governor Signs Digital Citizenship and Media-Literacy Legislation Into Law

This year, Rhode Island becomes the fourth state to act on expanding school and district access to digital citizenship and media-literacy training.

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, too. Meanwhile, 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 literacy and digital citizenship skills.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently signed into law Senate Bill 106, a bill championed by Common Sense Kids Action. The legislation expands school and district access to digital citizenship and media-literacy resources through the creation of a state advisory committee that includes researchers, administrators, educators, and others to review digital citizenship and media-literacy curricula and policy. In passing this legislation, lawmakers in Providence have shown their commitment to safely harnessing the power of technology within the classroom.

Common Sense Kids Action has been a leading resource for policymakers, school administrators, educators, and parents interested in learning additional ways to help kids thrive in a world driven by media and technology. We believe good online behavior mimics good offline behavior and that there is no differentiating between the two when it comes to safety, responsibility, and respect.

Interested in learning more about our advocacy efforts around expanding digital citizenship and media literacy? Join our efforts -- become a Kids Action Advocate today!

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.