The Senate passed Senate Bill 195, the Digital Citizenship Education Act, last week by a party line vote of 14-7. The purpose of this act is to give our young citizens the tools to identify propaganda and disgard it as lies. So of course all seven Republicans voted against it. Republicans want the citizenry uneducated and ready to lap up any fear based propaganda that Fox News can produce.
The bill requires the Department of Education to develop and maintain evidence-based media literacy standards for use by school districts and charter schools serving students in grades kindergarten through 12. The standards and materials must be age-appropriate and must address appropriate, responsible, and healthy online behavior.
The bill is already out of committee in the House and could get a vote as soon as the House returns from the Budget recess.
|Senate Bill 195 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Heffernan, K. Williams, Dorsey Walker, Baumbach, Wilson-Anton, Shupe|
|McBride, Sturgeon, Lockman, Hansen, Townsend, Walsh||Senate Passes 14-7. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh||Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson|
|Current Status:||Out of Committee in the House.|
Lead sponsor Senator Sarah McBride: “The damage of online bullying, the long-term impact of inappropriate social media behavior, and, most widely, the rising problem of misinformation present real challenges for our health, our democracy, and our society. SB 195 ensures that Delaware students learn critical 21st-century skills to better navigate our increasingly digital world. Now onto the House!”
Senator Laura Sturgeon: “This bill addresses a real need I saw every day in the classroom, especially since the advent of smart phones, but even before with widespread adoption of the internet as a source of information over what we now call legacy media–newspapers, magazines, journals, and broadcast television news. The standards created by DOE and used by local districts to create curricula will help students learn to discern digital media bias, identify imposter news sites, and evaluate sources of information. Importantly, the standards will also address cyber-bullying and harassment, assisting students as they mature into good digital citizens.”