The Issue:

NAMLE, Common Sense Kids Action, Media Literacy Now, and the Digital Citizenship Institute recognize that media and technology have become commonplace in all areas of our lives. In our classrooms, students must learn how to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use media and technology resources.

Kids have never had as much access to the internet, media, and mobile technologies at home and school as they do today.

Schools can play a critical role by educating, empowering, and engaging children with the best practices around consuming and producing media. While media and technology have great promise for learning, young people need support and education to learn how to make sound judgments when navigating the digital world.

School administrators and educators are now faced with new and at times overwhelming challenges, such as those related to privacy, digital footprints, cyberbullying, and sexting.

The Solution:

NAMLE, Common Sense Kids Action, Media Literacy Now, and the Digital Citizenship Institute have developed a comprehensive legislative solution for policymakers to use as a model to implement quality digital citizenship and media literacy training within their states. Click here to read text of the model bill.

Click here to review the policy paper.

The Legislation Calls For:

  • The creation of a state-based advisory committee composed of educators, administrators, researchers, and parents who will work under the oversight of the state education agency.
  • Districts to annually review their policies and procedures on digital citizenship and media literacy.

The Advisory Committee Will:

  • Develop best practices, resources, and models for instruction in digital citizenship and media literacy.
  • Develop strategies that will support school districts in local implementation of the best practices and recommendations, including strategies for delivering professional development to educators and administrators.
  • Our Goal: 
We must empower and educate youth with the tools and resources to take full advantage of the digital age. Our organizations believe in this comprehensive approach to digital citizenship and media literacy legislation that engages thought leaders, educators, parents, and policymakers in developing the educational practices needed. We believe good online behavior mimics good offline behavior and that there is no differentiating between the two when it comes to safety,

Any questions? Contact NAMLE Executive Director Michelle Ciulla Lipkin at mciullalipkin@namle.net.