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Digital Wellness, Citizenship and Safe Technology Commission

This law, signed by Governor Gary Herbert on March 20, 2020, creates the Digital Wellness, Citizenship, and Safe Technology Commission to advance the goal of training every student in healthy behaviors related to technology use.

The law:
▸ defines terms,
▸ creates the Digital Wellness, Citizenship, and Safe Technology Commission, and
▸ requires the Commission to identify best practices and compile resources for training students in healthy behavior related to technology use; and report to the Education Interim Committee and the State Board of Education on efforts related to delivering that training.

Utah HB0372
Sponsors: Rep. Keven J. Stratton (R), Sen. Daniel Hemmert (R).

UT House Bill 0372

Feb 20, 2020 – House: 1st reading (Introduced) in House Rules Committee.
Feb 27, 2020 – Favorable Recommendation in House Education Committee.
Mar 2, 2020 – Senate: Received from House in Waiting for Introduction in the Senate.
Mar 6, 2020 – Favorable Recommendation in Senate Education Committee.
Mar 11, 2020 – House: Received from Senate in Clerk of the House.
Mar 12, 2020 – Senate: Received from House; signed by Senate President and returned to House Speaker; signed by Speaker; sent for enrolling in Legislative Research and General Counsel.
Mar 20, 2020 – House: Enrolled Bill Returned to House or Senate in Clerk of the House.
Mar 30, 2020 – Governor Signed; in Lieutenant Governor’s office for filing.

Safe Technology Utilization and Digital Citizenship in Public Schools.

This law, passed in 2015, implements digital citizenship education in schools, amending and enacting provisions related to educational technology, school community councils, and charter schools. The legislation requires all schools to have a digital citizenship program that “empowers a student to make smart media and online choices.”

The law:
▸ enables school community councils (which consist of parents, teachers, a school’s principal, and sometimes youth) to include Internet safety and digital citizenship education when proposing budgets for the use of school land trust funds.
▸ enables councils to utilize the services of nonprofit organizations for help and support in their efforts to bring digital citizenship training and resources to their schools.

Utah HB213
Sponsor: Rep. Keven J. Stratton (R).
When originally introduced, HB213 focused on Internet safety. With support from Media Literacy Now, EPIK Deliberate Digital (a Utah-based non-profit focused on facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration around the issue of kids and technology) worked with Rep. Stratton to support HB213’s goals and to create a more comprehensive digital citizenship approach.

This key bill became the basis for Media Literacy Now’s model bills that have been successful in Washington and other states.

UT House Bill 213

Signed by Governor on March 25, 2015.

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