Pennsylvania Legislation

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Current Legislation

House Bill 661 – An Act… providing for media literacy education.

PA House Bill 661  |  2017-2018  |  Regular Session

February 28, 2017 – House; Referred to Education.

PA House Bill 661
This Act would amend Pennsylvania’s Public School Code of 1949, and provide for media literacy education, adding:

Section 1555. Media Literacy Education — (a) The Department of Education, in consultation with the State Board of Education, shall:

(1) Develop… a model, age-appropriate curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade twelve for media literacy instruction… A school district shall incorporate into the school curriculum a component regarding media literacy.
(2) The curriculum may include, but need not be limited to: developing critical thinking skills; understanding how media messages shape culture and society; identifying target marketing strategies; naming techniques of persuasion used; recognizing bias and misinformation; discovering parts of a story that are not being told; and evaluating media messages based on personal experiences, skills, beliefs and values.
(3) The State Board of Education shall make this curriculum available on its publicly accessible Internet website.
(4) The Department of Education shall make available… a list of resources and materials on media literacy and shall ensure that approved media literacy training opportunities are made available for use in professional development programs for teachers.

Recent Legislation

House Bill 1927 – “Providing for Internet safety education curriculum”

PA HB1927 | 2015-2016 | Prior Session Legislation

Apr 1, 2016 – Introduced, Referred to House Committee on Education.

25% progression, died in committee.

This legislation [based on Illinois Compiled Statutes (105 ILCS 5/27-13.3), Sec. 27-13.3. Internet safety education curriculum], addesses Internet safety via an amendment, Section 1555, to the Public School Code of 1949.

Section 1555. Internet Safety Education Curriculum.

(a) The department, in consultation with the Office of Attorney General, shall establish an age-appropriate curriculum for Internet safety instruction of students in kindergarten through grade twelve (12).

…Such instruction …shall include, but not be limited to, 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 their friends by sexual predators.

(3) Risks of transmitting personal information on 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 communications on the Internet.

(7) Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music and video.

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