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California Launches Digital Citizenship Week
I joined Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) at Ramona Elementary School in Alhambra, California, for a press conference to announce the passage of legislation declaring October 16-22 Digital Citizenship Week in California.
Assemblymember Chau authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 203 on behalf of Common Sense Kids Action. The legislation seeks to raise awareness about the importance of digital citizenship as a set of defined, teachable skills for kids in the 21st century.
"With teenagers spending an average of nine hours a day using media and technology for entertainment, and with tweens not far behind, it is paramount that we develop a whole-community approach in making sure our children are navigating the digital world safely and responsibly," said Chau, quoting a finding from the Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens.
At the press conference, I discussed how Common Sense believes parents, educators, students, and lawmakers play a role in making sure children learn how to navigate the digital world safely and responsibly.
We believe that digital citizenship should be an integral part of a children's education that is woven into the school curriculum. And I encouraged everyone to join Common Sense's #DeviceFreeDinner campaign that encourages every family to take back dinnertime.
I also explained how my colleagues at Common Sense Education have developed a comprehensive K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and are encouraging educators to take a pledge to empower their students to use technology safely, responsibly, and respectfully.
Thanks to Assemblymember Chau's leadership, California for the first time officially recognizes Digital Citizenship Week, and legislators throughout the state are promoting these activities with their constituents.
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