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2016 Law Promotes Media Literacy for students in WA Schools

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.

This bill, ESSB 5449, is a follow up to SSB 6273.  That bill made us the first state in the country to pass media literacy legislation, making Washington the model state. Read more about our success passing SSB 6273 here.

Now media literacy legislation has moved still another step forward in Washington with the passage of a second bill ESSB 5449 in 2017.

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.

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Navigating The New Abnormal: Tips for Parents

As part of our launch of Media Literacy Week, we are excited to promote the work of Dr. Don Shifrin, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington – School of Medicine as he helps us to understand important concepts around screen time and digital citizenship while we are all participating in remote learning.  Watch AMEs interview with Dr. Don by viewing the links below:

Dr. Don’s Full Interview
The value of Screentime
On Mentoring and Isolation
Managing CellPhones and Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits

Donald Shifrin – Immunization Advocates

Dr. Don Shifrin has been a beloved pediatrician to his patients for 40 years as well as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. His knowledge and active interest in the field of Media Literacy have earned  him an often self-proclaimed role of a “Mediatrician.”Dr. Shifrin has been a very active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics throughout his long career. He has testified before Congress, represented the Academy on national task forces, chaired an Academy committee, led media training for Academy leadership, and was the co-editor for the Academy’s first parent newsmagazine, Healthy Children.  You may recognize him from the AAP’s “A Minute for Kids” radio program and from other radio and television spots where he often expertly speaks about media issues as they relate to our nation’s children. His views on navigating the media literacy issues of today offer invaluable advice to parents, teachers and children of all ages.

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Michael Danielson is AME’s Chairperson. He has been a teacher at Seattle Prep for 26 years. He has been teaching Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship for decades, but most recently in a semester course for 9th graders. He is also the EdTech director helping to train teachers and students in the best use of technology. Michael has been a writer for the Center for Media Literacy.

Corona Showcase, Education, Events, Media Literacy, News, Slideshow, Social Media

The Corona Multimedia Showcase

If we could ask children all around the world to create a media project that
would express what they were thinking and feeling during a pandemic, what
might they choose to tell us?

This question became the catalyst for a new and very exciting Action for
Media Education initiative, the International Corona Multimedia Showcase.
The Showcase was officially launched April15, 2020 with October 9, 2020 as
the deadline for entries.

We encourage you to visit the Showcase and view this festival celebrating the
talent thoughtfulness, humor and resilience of over 900 children and youth
age 3 through 19 and their families from 27countries and all continents (with
the exception of Antarctica).

Our special thanks to Dr. Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, our extraordinary
International Coordinator for the Showcase, our Showcase partners, the
International Janusz Korczak Association, Child Rights in Action and the
Northwest Center for Media Literacy, University of Washington and our many
showcase champions from around the world.

Note: We decided to briefly re-open the Showcase to accept entries over the
holiday season (December 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021). Although there was
limited publicity about this special Showcase addition, over 350 children and
youth and their families from 23 countries participated.

Seattle Times article about the Showcase:
https://www.seattletimes.com/life/corona-multimedia-showcase-seeks-to-
display-kids-creative-projects-made-during-the-pandemic/