Illinois Legislation

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Current Legislation

House Bill 5096 – Amends the School Code to include media literacy.

IL House Bill 5096

Sponsors: Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez [D],  Rep. Emanuel Welch [D],  Rep. Sonya Harper [D],  Rep. Camille Lilly [D].

Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, every public high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of instruction on media literacy; defines “media literacy.”  Provides requirements for the unit of instruction.  Provides that the State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to school boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines for the unit of instruction. Effective immediately.

Your input to your State Legislators can help make a difference.  Don’t delay; give your input today!
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    Search for your State Representative in the House of Representatives and your State Senator in the State Senate

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    to both your State Representative and your State Senator or call them and ask them to support the bills that promote Media Literacy–be sure to use specific bill numbers as listed on our Current Legislation page.

    Include your name and address to identify that you are their constituent, and preferably your email and phone number.

    Use your own language, or see language we can suggest below:

    Dear _____: I believe that understanding media is a critical skill for students as the citizens of the future, as media is the predominant information provider of our times and young people need skills to navigate the world of media safely and responsibly.  I ask you to support bills that provide for Media Literacy education, including _______ (bill numbers).


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    (email and phone)

  • Let Us Know

    about your outreach and THANK YOU–you are helping create a more media literate world!

    Contact your local MLN Chapter Leader:

    Alicia Haywood

IL House Bill 5096

Feb 14, 2018 – House; Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez.
Feb 16, 2018 – House; First reading. Referred to Rules Committee.
Mar 21, 2018 – House; Assigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Apr 9, 2018 – House; Committee Amendment No. 1 filed with Clerk. Referred to Rules Committee.
Apr 10, 2018 – House; Comm. Amendment No. 1 referred to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Apr 12, 2018 – House; Comm. Amendment No. 1 adopted in Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.
Apr 27, 2018 – House; Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee.
May 17, 2018 – House; Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading – Short Debate.
May 31, 2018 – House; House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee.

Existing Law

House Resolution 0014 – Prohibit parental cyberbullying.

IL House Resolution 0014

Sponsor: Rep. LaShawn Ford [D].

Synopsis As Introduced:
This Resolution urges Congress, consistent with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, to pass a law prohibiting parents from cyber-bullying their children by posting messages or images on social media sites on the Internet that embarrass, intimidate, coerce, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to their children.

House Floor Amendment No. 1:
Deletes the word “embarrass” from the Resolution.

IL House Resolution 0014

Status: Passed on March 15 2017 – 100% progression – Resolution Adopted as Amended.

Dec 6, 2016 – House, Prefiled with Clerk by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford.
Jan 24, 2017 – Referred to Rules Committee.
Feb 2, 2017 – Assigned to Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT Committee.
Feb 24, 2017 – Placed on Calendar Order of Resolutions.
Mar 3, 2017 – House; Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford; Referred to Rules Committee.
Mar 7, 2017 – House; Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
Mar 15, 2017 – House; Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted; Resolution Adopted as Amended.

Illinois Compiled Statutes: Internet safety education curriculum.

IL Compiled Statutes: 105 ILCS 5/27-13.3

Requires school districts to incorporate into the school curriculum a component on Internet safety to be taught at least once each school year to students in grade 3 or above. It is recommended that the unit of instruction include the following topics:

  1. Safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat-rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the Internet.
  2. Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations of students, their classmates, and friends by any sexual predators.
  3. Risks of transmitting personal information through the Internet.
  4. Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received online.
  5. Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying.
  6. Reporting illegal activities and communication on the Internet.
  7. Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video.
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