Expand Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Training in Connecticut
Common Sense Kids Action recognizes that media and technology have become commonplace in all areas of our lives. Students must learn how to safely, ethically, and responsibly use media and technology resources.
Schools can play a critical role by educating, empowering, and engaging children with the best practices around technology use.
Gov. Dannel Malloy recently signed into law Senate Bill 949, which will create a state-based advisory committee composed of educators, administrators, researchers, and parents working under the oversight of the Connecticut Department of Education with the purpose of developing digital citizenship and media literacy resources and best practices for school districts. School districts would also be required to annually review their policies and procedures on digital citizenship and media literacy. While this is a step in the right direction, it is important to ensure the state continues to support the expansion of digital citizenship and media literacy resources.
We must provide educators, administrators, and parents with the resources they need to ensure digital citizenship and media literacy concepts are being taught in classrooms.
Act now and ask urge policymakers to continue to support the expansion of this important policy.