Bill would help California schools teach about ‘fake news,’ media literacy

Spurred by the rise of so-called “fake news” and its impact on elections, a Santa Barbara state senator has introduced a bill that would encourage California’s K-12 schools to teach students to be skeptical, informed news consumers.

Authored by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), SB 203, known as the digital citizenship and media literacy bill, would require the state superintendent of public instruction to convene a committee of educators, librarians, parents, students and media experts to draw up guidelines on how best to recognize fake news.

Popularized in the 2016 presidential election, the term “fake news” refers to Internet hoaxes or intentionally fabricated stories presented as news and intended to sway public opinion. Cyber bullying, privacy, copyright infringement, digital footprints, sexting and general Internet safety would also be included in the guidelines.

Read more at Ed Source.

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Press Release: New bill targets internet safety and media literacy education in Washington schools

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April 27, 2017

Contact:
Michael Danielson, President, Action for Media Education
Email: mdanielson@seaprep.org  |  Phone: (206) 683-7277

New bill targets internet safety and media literacy education in Washington schools

Olympia, WA – Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a new bill requiring Washington schools to develop a model policy to better support internet safety, digital citizenship and media literacy education. The Governor called this piece of legislation “extremely timely. “  He added, “We’re really excited about this bill.” The bill introduced by Senator Marko Liias, 21st District, Lynnwood comes at an important time of heightened scrutiny of information coming from the media and from government sources.

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House Bill 2200: A bill to create internet privacy protections

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Washington State is trying to pass a bill that would create internet privacy protections.

Check out this bill here!

The bill would create new internet privacy protections enforceable under the Washington Consumer Protection Act, including:

  • Compelling transparency by making ISP privacy policies available to customers so they know what to expect.
  • Protecting privacy by prohibiting ISPs from selling or using private information (such as a person’s browsing history) without consent.
  • Requiring ISPs to report to customers when they have been hacked and personal data has been breached so customers can protect themselves.
Please consider supporting this bill. It is important that consumers should have the option to keep their personal browser history private!

ESSB 5449 successful: Our bill has passed!

On Thursday, April 20, our bill became a law! Governor Jay Inslee signed it with AME representatives Barbara Johnson, Nick Pernisco and Marilyn Cohen present. The law will go into effect on July 23.

In speaking with the group, Governor Inslee noted how this bill was addressing an important subject.

Multiple news articles have come out to coverage the passing of this bill:

View images from the bill signing below.

Great accomplishment passing Digital Citizenship/Media Literacy Bill ESSB 5449

Dear Friends of Action for Media Education,

The 2017 Digital Citizenship/Media Literacy Bill ESSB 5449 has passed both the Senate and the House. It’s now on its way to the Governor’s desk where it will soon be signed!  We want to thank you for all of your support in helping to make this possible.

Here is a link to the 2017 Digital Citizenship/Media Literacy Bill ESSB 5449.

Our state has truly become a model for others across the country. Right now media literacy groups in 20 states are trying to convince their legislative bodies to follow our lead.

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AME members Linda Kennedy, Marilyn Cohen, Claire Beach and Barbara Johnson meet with Senator Marko Liias (center) in Olympia.

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Step 8 of 9, how a bill becomes a law

We thought some of you might be interested in seeing where our bill is in the legislative process. The information below is taken from the Washington State Legislature about how a bill becomes a law. Our bill is at step 8. Almost there!

  1. A bill may be introduced in either the Senate or House of Representatives by a member.
  2. It is referred to a committee for a hearing. The committee studies the bill and may hold public hearings on it. It can then pass, reject, or take no action on the bill.
  3. The committee report on the passed bill is read in open session of the House or Senate, and the bill is then referred to the Rules Committee.
  4. The Rules Committee can either place the bill on the second reading calendar for debate before the entire body, or take no action.
  5. At the second reading, a bill is subject to debate and amendment before being placed on the third reading calendar for final passage.
  6. After passing one house, the bill goes through the same procedure in the other house.
  7. If amendments are made in the other house, the first house must approve the changes.
  8. When the bill is accepted in both houses, it is signed by the respective leaders and sent to the governor.
  9. The governor signs the bill into law or may veto all or part of it. If the governor fails to act on the bill, it may become law without a signature.

For those of us old enough to remember, this whole thing is very Schoolhouse Rocky.

Bill update: Great news!

Yay! Our bill has passed the House and is now on it’s way to the Governor’s office for signing. We are ecstatic it has passed and we now have a second bill addressing this important subject.

Thank you everyone for your support in commenting on this bill and sharing just how much we need digital citizenship/media literacy education in our schools.

We’ll keep you posted with additional information as it becomes available so stay tuned! As legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy would say…

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AME featured in News Tribune article regarding media literacy

An article about media literacy in the Tacoma News Tribune features several AME members discussing our impact within the education field and work on the Digitial Citizenship/Media Literacy bill. Linda Kennedy, Claire Beach and Marilyn Cohen are mentioned, as well as Senator Marko Liias, who has championed the bill since the very beginning.

The article quotes AME members and Senator Liias:

“Screens wake us up in the morning. They send us off to school,” says Linda Kennedy, a former Seattle television journalist who now offers media literacy education.

“It was something we needed to tackle, and we could do it in a way that does not put a burden on districts.” -Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood

“How do students interpret information they find online? That goes to the heart of media literacy…. We’re seeing thousands of devices being delivered into our schools,” Marilyn Cohen said. “We are in a revolution.”

Read more at The News Tribune.

Update: Digital Citizenship/Media Literacy bill, we need your support!

Yesterday, members of AME went to Olympia, WA to testify in support of the Digital Citizenship/Media Literacy bill. This is when we need your help to comment in support this bill!

Please be sure to go the link for our bill and leave a comment in the comment box. It’s very easy to do and only takes a few minutes. You don’t need to know your district representatives, you only need to give your zip code and your comment will be sent to your district’s representatives.

You can leave your comments here.

Thank you for your continued support!

Update: Washington State Senate Bill 5449 Concerning digital citizenship, media literacy and internet safety in schools

HURRAY!!! On March 2, 2017 Bill 5449 passed the Senate floor yeas, 40; nays, 9; with only 2 small substitute word changes.

Now it’s on the way to the House.

Its next public hearing at the House Education Committee is Thursday, March 16 at 8 a.m.

We continue to encourage you and any others you may know to show your support as the bill moves to the House.

If you haven’t already done so, please visit this link.

You’ll see the box Comment on this Bill to the right of the box labeled Bill Status at a Glance.

It’s very easy to indicate your support and only takes a very few minutes.

We’ll keep you updated on the bill’s progress. So far, so good! In the meantime, please feel free to contact us.

AME goes to Olympia to support SB5449

Here’s several photos from our recent trip to Olympia, WA in support of Senate Bill 5449.

Update: Digital citizenship/media literacy Senate Bill 5449

The first public hearing for Senate Bill 5449 was held Monday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cherberg Building in Olympia, WA. The proposed bill included three of the five recommendations made in the OSPI legislative report.

View the powerful statements made in support of the bill, discussed starting around 52:08 in the video below.

Additionally, today the bill is scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 p.m. Stand by to hear more about how this hearing will go, or watch it live here.

Please consider showing your show support for bill SB 5449, especially in a time when media literacy education is more important than ever. To do so, visit this linkAt the top of the page on the right are the words “Comment on this bill” OR “Get Email Notification” OR “RSS Notifications.” Please consider following the bill updates, or leave a comment to provide feedback.

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NAMLE spotlights NW Center for Media Literacy and Action for Media Education ground-breaking literacy bill

Recently the National Association for Media Literacy (NAMLE) sat down with AME’s own Marilyn Cohen, focusing on her work as Director of the Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy based in the College of Education at the University of Washington.

While their conversation covered the many facets of the NW Center, it also focused on Action for Media Education’s amazing work in its 25 years, and triumph earlier in 2016 as it successfully lobbied for media literacy legislation.

The article states:

As Washington becomes the first state to pass this ground-breaking legislation, Marilyn and her AME colleagues look forward to helping and supporting others in the media literacy community across the U.S. in their quest to pass similar legislation in their respective states.

Read more in the NAMLE August bulletin.

Media literacy is law in Washington State!

The website www.understandmedia.com is written by AME member Nick Pernisco.

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We’re pleased to announce that Media Literacy is law in Washington State! Yesterday at 3:30pm, Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill No. 6273 into law!

The bill requires that all stakeholders “engage in an ongoing discussion on safe technology use, internet use, digital citizenship, and media literacy as part of implementing the state’s basic education goal” and requires that the government “must convene and consult with an advisory committee when developing best practices and recommendations for instruction in digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy.”

The bill was first proposed late last year by Action for Media Education to State Senator Marko Liias, who sponsored the bill. The bill was then written by AME board members in consultation with Liias’ staff.

Those involved in helping form the bill were AME directors Marilyn Cohen and Barbara Johnson, AME president Claire Beach, media literacy educators Nick Pernisco, Michael Danielson, Ethan Delavan,and Lilia Cabello Drain, and media literacy activists Linda Kennedy Franklin, Lynn Ziegler, Cheryl Hidalgo, John Engerman, and Dalia Mendoza.

Thank you to all who have contributed so much time and energy to this effort!

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Members of AME with Senator Liias and Governor Jay Inslee at the signing of Bill 6273.

New Washington State media literacy law plays key role in national movement

Crossposted from Media Literacy Now.

State Will Lead in Educational Best Practices & Research

Washington State’s new, progressive media literacy law provides leadership for a growing number of states advocating for digital citizenship and media literacy education. Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is now empowered to develop best practices and recommendations for teaching literacy that encompasses both new media and new technologies.

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We did it! Final passage of Washington state bill, just one more step before it becomes law

Crossposted from Media Literacy Now.

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The Washington state Senate concurred with the House-passed media literacy bill by a vote of 47-0 last week. We are very pleased with the outcome of the legislative process in Washington, which has been a positive and collaborative effort among policymakers, educators and advocates.

Media Literacy Now has been working with Action for Media Education president Claire Beach for several years on policy strategies, and we are delighted to have helped Beach and her team to see this process through.

There is, however, one more hurdle. The bill requires the governor’s signature to become law. Currently, due to budgetary battles, the governor is holding off on signing bills and has vetoed some that have a financial impact. We expect that the bill will ultimately go into effect.

Read more at Media Literacy Now

Press Release: Digital citizenship/media literacy bill awaits Governor’s signature

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March 11, 2016

CONTACT:
Linda Kennedy 206-799-4321
Lynn Ziegler 360-930-3044/ 360-204-8674

Digital Citizenship/Media Literacy Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Digital Citizenship /Media Literacy bill address the growing public concern regarding the way our children use media screens and what the screens teach children about the world.

Sponsored by Senator Marko Liias (D, Lynnwood), the bill establishes a process to ensure ongoing discussion and action at both the state and local school district levels. It stresses that our children must learn how to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use technology.

“Our schools can and must play a leading role in teaching students to become safe, principled users of digital resources in an increasingly complex communications environment,” said Senator Liias.

Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will work with an advisory group to identify best instructional practices and develop a set of recommendations on digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy. Beginning in 2017-18, school districts will be required to annually review their policies and procedures on electronic resources and Internet safety and to consider OSPI recommendations.

Seattle-based nonprofit Action for Media Education (AME) proposed the bill. AME’s mission throughout its 25 year history has been to foster and promote digital and media literacy for children and the citizenry at large. AME president, Claire Beach, says the need for this bill has never been greater. According to a recent study, teenagers use an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day and tweens (ages 8-12) use an average of six hours a day, not including time spent using media for school or homework. (Common Sense Media, 2015). Many of our children spend more time in front of screens than with any other activity besides, perhaps, sleeping.

“In this 21st century, our definition of literacy must be expanded to include digital and media literacy education,” said Marilyn Cohen, Director of the NW Center for Excellence in Media Literacy at the University of Washington.

Though digital communications have had many positive influences on the world, parents and educators have expressed concerns. Cyberbullying and sub-tweeting, for example, occur at alarming rates and can have devastating results. Media can create false realities. Children do not have the years or the sophistication to understand and process all the material exposed to them. Digital and media literacy are essential 21st century skills which help students navigate the world. Media literacy teaches them to recognize stereotypes and bias; it teaches them to look for what is left out of the message; and to ethically and responsibly use the tools given to them.

Stay tuned…

View the official AME press release.

Washington State bill clears another major hurdle

Crossposted from Media Literacy Now.

On Tuesday, the Washington state House of Representatives approved by a vote of 94 to 3 the media literacy bill being shepherded through the legislative process by Action for Media Education in partnership with Media Literacy Now.

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D), chair of the House Education Committee, said to her colleagues on the House floor, “Recognizing that this is a new age, our children are using [media] in a way that we never before could have imagined. It is about time our policies evolved to meet this new reality that our students engage every day.”

The ranking minority member of the House Education Committee, Rep. Chad Magendanz (R) said, “There’s a whole bunch of dangers out there in social media and kids learning by the school of hard knocks. There’s not adequate support from teachers, because we adults know even less. This bill is a great step forward to ensure we have good professional development in place to train teachers, so that we can follow thru with the next step, which is to have informed teachers train kids about how to behave responsibly online.”

The House-passed bill must now be reconciled with the Senate-passed bill before the legislation can go to the governor’s desk.

For more information, see Washington state legislative page.

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Washington State Senate approves media literacy bill

Crossposted from Media Literacy Now.

We launched Media Literacy Now to put media literacy on the public policy agenda. Today, we reached a major milestone in Washington State when state Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) spoke to his colleagues about media literacy and digital citizenship on the floor of the state senate.

“The pace of information, the pace of data, the pace of what our students are being exposed to is rising exponentially…Our students need help navigating this digital landscape,” Liias said. “This bill (S 6273) will start the process of better embedding digital citizenship and media literacy into our state schools.”

He was joined by Sen. Steve Litzow, (R-Bellevue), the chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, in calling for the senators’ support.

The bill passed, 48-0.

Clare Beach, president of Action for Media Education, our partners in Washington, said the group is thrilled to be celebrating their 25th anniversary year with this legislative success. “The prospect of the next generation of children having these conversations, from kindergarten, about mass media messages that tell them who they are and how they should be – it just makes me very happy.”

The bill now moves to the Washington state House of Representatives for consideration.

Watch the floor debate here . (Video will start at 46:30)

Members of Washington House Education Committee listen raptly to testimony from Action for Media Education members in February.

Members of Washington House Education Committee listen raptly to testimony from Action for Media Education members in February.

Washington state takes up media literacy, digital citizenship bill

Crossposted from Media Literacy Now.

Claire Beach and her team from Action for Media Education in Seattle are thrilled to announce introduction of legislation to raise media literacy as a priority in the state’s public schools.

The team worked with state Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood), state Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (D-Mukilteo), and state Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) to craft a bill that has strong support from leadership. The process involved many long hours of work and months of planning among the advocates, legislators and staff. The sponsors told Ms. Beach they are very excited to bring this important policy to the legislature, and worked diligently to bring on 15 co-sponsors, including House and Senate leaders.

The bill would require each school district to provide education that includes digital and media literacy, awareness of safe technology use, and digital citizenship.

From the bill:
The legislature recognizes that as technology becomes more prevalent, students must learn how to thoughtfully, ethically, and responsibly use technology. The legislature intends to provide a process in which students, parents or guardians, teachers and other school employees, administrators, volunteers, and community representatives will engage in an ongoing discussion on safe technology use and digital citizenship.

Senate bill 6273 was introduced Jan. 13 along with 8 co-sponsors and the companion House Bill 2595 was introduced the next day with 7 co-sponsors. The Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education will hold a hearing Monday. We expect to hear more soon, as the Washington legislative session ends in March.

Go here to learn more and take action now.

State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) spoke to his colleagues about media literacy and digital citizenship on the floor of the state senate.

State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) spoke to his colleagues about media literacy and digital citizenship on the floor of the state senate.

Washington State to introduce media literacy: Take action now

Crossposted from Media Literacy Now.

Thanks to the work of Claire Beach and her team at Action 4 Media Education in Seattle, Washington, lawmakers there are preparing to offer legislation to help schools teach safe technology use and digital citizenship, a critical, urgently needed subset of media literacy education. Currently the team is seeking help to gather cosponsors before the bill is introduced in January.

“Senator Marko Illias and Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self and Representative Strom Peterson have been very helpful and so enthusiastic about our media literacy initiative,” Claire said. “They were pleased that we were able to offer so much expertise on the subject. All three of them are very excited to introduce this bill. They told us they welcome constituents to bring them good policy ideas, but it’s rare.”

If you live in Washington, please go to the web page to find out how you can take action. Or forward this notice to your acquaintances in that Northwest state.

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