Support Legislation to provide Media Literacy, Internet Safety, and Digital Citizenship
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We at Welcome 2 Reality, LLC are organizing this petition in support of Senate Bill 949 in Connecticut. S.B. 949 is reqesting an Advisory Council be assembled to coordinate efforts how students are learning about Media Literacy, Digital Citizenship, and Internet Safety. As a Raised Bill, 949 received an unanimous Joint Favorable Vote (JFV) and is now headed to the Senate!
Through our community, statewide, and national work, we are seeing countless occurrences where children (and adults) are winding up on the wrong side of Social Media and Technology. Shaming, cyberbullying, and online cruelty are at an all-time high. Children are getting inundated with images and messaging thousands of times a day and are being left to their own devices to decipher the intent of the content. The research tells us some children are spending less than an hour of purposeful time a week with their parents leaving it up to social media, entertainment, and advertisement, to shape opinions and values.
Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship education are necessary components to help youth develop critical thinking skills and discover the ability to assign credibility to media sources. Teens are also creating digital footprints which can have negative impact on employment, college acceptance, and even credit opportunities. We believe these things need to be taught not only to kids, but also to the adults entrusted to provide educational support to them. By assembling this committee it will enable like-minded individuals to assemble a strength based, solution focused, approach to meet these needs for Connecticut students.
Although social media and technology can have some draw backs, it is also an amazing way to allow individuals share a collective voice. Please consider signing this petition and sharing this with other like minded individuals! If not us, then who?
Marcus Stallworth, LMSW
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