OLR Bill Analysis

SB 949

AN ACT CREATING AN ADVISORY COUNCIL RELATING TO DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, INTERNET SAFETY AND MEDIA LITERACY.

SUMMARY

This bill establishes a Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Media Literacy Advisory Council within the State Department of Education.

The education commissioner appoints the members, who must include teachers; librarians; representatives from parent-teacher organizations; and people with expertise in digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy. The bill does not specify the number of council members.

The council must provide recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding (1) best practices for instruction in digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy, and (2) methods of instructing students to safely, ethically, responsibly, and effectively use media and technology. The bill does not include a deadline for the recommendations to be submitted.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

34

Nay

0

(03/20/2017)