A05981 Summary:

BILL NOA05981
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRosenthal
 
COSPNSRJaffee, Ortiz, Rivera, Blake, Harris
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Niou, Simon
 
Add 756, Ed L
 
Directs the commissioner of education to study the teaching of digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy; requires schools to annually review policy on digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy.
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A05981 Actions:

BILL NOA05981
 
02/21/2017referred to education
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A05981 Committee Votes:

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A05981 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A05981 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5981
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 21, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ROSENTHAL  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Education
 
        AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to study the teaching  of
          digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy; and to amend
          the education law, in relation to requiring schools to annually review
          its policy and procedures on digital citizenship, internet safety, and
          media literacy
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. For purposes of this act, "digital citizenship" and  "media
     2  literacy" shall be considered broad terms that encompass consumption and
     3  production of media and digital products and are defined as follows:
     4    (a)  "digital  citizenship"  means  a diverse set of skills related to
     5  current technology and social media, including the norms of appropriate,
     6  responsible, and healthy behavior. Major areas include  safety  concerns
     7  such as cyberbullying prevention.
     8    (b)  "media  literacy" means the ability to access, analyze, evaluate,
     9  develop, produce, and interpret media and encompasses  the  foundational
    10  skills that lead to digital citizenship.
    11    §  2.  The  commissioner  of education, in cooperation with experts in
    12  digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy, the  board  of
    13  regents  of  the  university  of the state of New York, and stakeholders
    14  including educators and parents, shall conduct a study on  the  teaching
    15  of digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy in schools.
    16    §  3.  The commissioner of education shall make a report of his or her
    17  findings, including any recommendations for legislative action as it may
    18  deem necessary and appropriate and best practices for  instruction  that
    19  provides  guidance  about thoughtful, safe, and strategic uses of online
    20  and other media resources and education on how to apply critical  think-
    21  ing  skills when consuming and producing media in any form. These recom-
    22  mendations and best practices may include, but are not limited to:

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09759-01-7

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     1    (a) revisions to state education standards and the state instructional
     2  technology plan;
     3    (b)  revisions  to  policies  and  procedures  on digital citizenship,
     4  internet safety, and media literacy;
     5    (c) school district processes necessary to develop  customized  school
     6  district  policies  and  procedures on electronic resources and internet
     7  safety that can be used within a school district technology plan;
     8    (d) best practices, resources, and models for instruction  in  digital
     9  citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy;
    10    (e)  best  practices, resources, and models for instruction of digital
    11  citizenship that are compliant with the federal universal service e-rate
    12  program administered by  the  schools  and  libraries  division  of  the
    13  universal  service  administrative  company  and federal mandates estab-
    14  lished in the federal children's internet protection act; and
    15    (f) strategies that will support school districts in local implementa-
    16  tion of the best practices and recommendations developed by the  depart-
    17  ment,  including  strategies  for delivering professional development to
    18  educators and administrators.
    19    § 4. The report shall be delivered  to  the  governor,  the  temporary
    20  president  of  the  senate and the speaker of the assembly no later than
    21  one year after the effective date of this act.
    22    § 5. The education law is amended by adding a new section 756 to  read
    23  as follows:
    24    §  756.  Annual  review  of  digital citizenship, internet safety, and
    25  medial literacy policy and procedures. 1. For purposes of this  section,
    26  "digital  citizenship"  and "media literacy" are broad terms that encom-
    27  pass consumption and production of media and digital  products  and  are
    28  defined as follows:
    29    (a)  "digital  citizenship"  means  a diverse set of skills related to
    30  current technology and social media, including the norms of appropriate,
    31  responsible, and healthy behavior. Major areas include  safety  concerns
    32  such as cyberbullying prevention; and
    33    (b)  "media  literacy" means the ability to access, analyze, evaluate,
    34  develop, produce, and interpret media and encompasses  the  foundational
    35  skills that lead to digital citizenship.
    36    2.  Beginning in the two thousand nineteen--two thousand twenty school
    37  year, each school district shall annually review its policy  and  proce-
    38  dures  on  digital  citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy. In
    39  reviewing and amending the policy  and  procedures,  a  school  district
    40  shall:
    41    (a) involve a representation of parents or guardians, teachers, teach-
    42  er  librarians,  other  school employees, school administrators, pupils,
    43  and community representatives with experience or  expertise  in  digital
    44  citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy issues;
    45    (b) consider customizing the model policy and procedures on electronic
    46  resources and internet safety;
    47    (c) consider existing school district resources; and
    48    (d)  consider best practices, resources, and models for instruction in
    49  digital citizenship, internet  safety,  and  media  literacy,  including
    50  methods to involve parents.
    51    § 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
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