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News: Gov. Jay Inslee signs Washington state media literacy bill, SSB6273, Tuesday March 29.

Chapter Leader

Claire-BeachFor over 30 years Claire Beach has worked with young people in a variety of settings. She has managed youth programs, been a youth street worker for inner city teens, and taught video and media literacy skills to hundreds of young people.

An award-winning documentary filmmaker, she taught video production  and media literacy in public schools for 15 years.

She is currently serving as president of Action For Media Education, a non-profit organization at the University of Washington, dedicated to expanding media education and literacy.action-for-media-education-300

clairedbeach@yahoo.com
425-275-8760

Current Activity

Bill moves forward!

S6273 passed the House on March 1, 2016.

S6273 passed the Senate Feb. 9, 2016.

The two version of the bill must now be reconciled before they can be given final approval by both chambers and then go to the governor’s desk.

The bill was introduced Jan. 13 along with 8 co-sponsors and the companion House Bill 2595 was introduced the next day with 7 co-sponsors.

Linda Kennedy, Action for Media Education, speaks at hearing

Linda Kennedy, Action for Media Education, speaks at Senate hearing

 updated 3/2/16

Call to Action: Next step for Media Literacy bill in Washington

Senator Marko Illias, Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self and Representative Strom Peterson have introduced a media literacy and digital citizenship bill. Now is the time to write or call your representatives to urge their support.
  • STEP 1: Look up your state representative

    Enter your address at Open States to find their contact information.

  • STEP 2: Copy and paste this letter into an email

    And fill in the missing information.
    Then send. That’s it!

    Dear Rep. ________________________
    Our children live in a world with powerful 24/7 media. In the last decade, there has been a drastic increase in the amount of time children and youth spend with media: an average of 9 hours per day of entertainment media for teens and 6 hours for 8-to-12-year-olds, according to recent research by Common Sense Media.

    As technology becomes more prevalent, students must learn how to thoughtfully, ethically, and responsibly use technology. Used well, the media can entertain and inform our children in positive ways. However, since most children aren’t taught to use media thoughtfully, many media messages negatively contribute to public health issues such as poor body image, obesity, bullying and aggression, low self-esteem, depression, risky sexual behavior, and substance abuse, among other problems.

    The act concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools (SB 6273 / HB 2595) sponsored by Sen Marko Liias, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Rep. Strom Peterson, will 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, media literacy, and digital citizenship. I urge you to support its passage.
    Thank you.
    Your name
    Your address
    Your email and phone if you want the legislator to contact you.

Bill Summary

An act relating to safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools. (S6273 / H2595)

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.

Digital Citizenship means the norms of appropriate, responsible, and healthy behavior related to current technology use, including digital and media literacy, ethics, etiquette, and security. This includes the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and interpret the media.

Press

Liias bill would help students navigate perils of digital influences

Edmonds Beacon
Students would receive better guidance and tools in navigating the pitfalls of digital media and communication, under legislation sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias of the 21st District, which includes Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mukilteo. “In our increasingly digital age, it’s imperative that parents and schools do everything possible to help young students learn how to responsibly assess digital opportunities and access them safely and productively,” Liias said. “From media messages, both direct and indirect, to bullying and other harmful practices, today’s kids face no end of challenges for which few of us are prepared.”

The Action for Media Education team meeting with legislators. From left, Marilyn Cohen, Nick Pernisco, Rep. Strom Peterson, Sen. Marko Liias, Claire Beach, Linda Kennedy, Barbara Johnson, Lilia Cabelo, Michael Danielson.

The Action for Media Education team meeting with legislators. From left, Marilyn Cohen, Nick Pernisco, Rep. Strom Peterson, Sen. Marko Liias, Claire Beach, Linda Kennedy, Barbara Johnson, Lilia Cabelo, Michael Danielson.