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Common Sense at the Digital Citizenship Summit
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.
— CS Kids Action (@CSKidsAction) October 28, 2016
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.
— Jim Steyer (@jimsteyer) October 28, 2016
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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