Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy - Recommendations & Resources
Digital Citizenship, Media Literacy, and Internet Safety Survey
Substitute Senate Bill 5449 directed OSPI to survey teacher-librarians, principals, and technology directors in order to understand how they are currently integrating digital citizenship and media literacy education in their curriculum. A complete summary report of the survey results will be posted here in July, but here are some preliminary findings from the 249 districts that responded:
- 54.2% of the districts have a school board policy or district procedure that defines Digital Citizenship, with 22.1% under active consideration or revision;
- 34.9% of the districts have a school board policy or district procedure that defines Media Literacy, with 22.9% under active consideration or revision; and
- 34.9% of the district have a formally-adopted scope and sequence for Internet Safety education, with 24.9% under active consideration or revision.
Digital citizens recognize and value the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they engage in safe, legal and ethical behavior (adapted from
ISTE 2016 Student Standards).
Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act using a variety of forms of communication (from
National Association of Media Literacy Education).
See also Expanded Definitions of Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy
Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Checklist
Checklist of Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy considerations developed by Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA).
Legislation and Legislative Report
Legislation passed in 2016 (SSB 6273) required the Office of Superintendent of
Public Instruction to convene an advisory group to identify successful practices
and recommend media literacy and digital citizenship improvements statewide.
Here are their recommendations, included as part of their
Citizenship Report to the Legislature.
- Convene a working group to update the state
K–12 learning standards for educational technology that align with the advisory group's definitions of digital citizenship and media literacy, national standards and learning standards in all subjects.
- Consider possible revisions to district policies to
better support digital citizenship, media literacy, or
Internet safety in schools.
- Create a web-based location to recommended successful
practices and resources and work with the K–12 community and
other stakeholders to identify and develop additional Open
Educational Resources to support digital citizenship, media
literacy and Internet safety in schools.
- Provide support for professional development for
teachers, focused on integrating digital citizenship and
media literacy in all core standards, starting with English
Language Arts and Social Studies.
- Examine improvements in districts'
and technology programs as defined in state law to determine
ways in which teacher librarians can lead, teach and support
digital citizenship and media literacy across all grades and
See also Expanded Recommendations for Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy
Current Successful Practices Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy
Links to Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Resources
Elements of Successful District Implementations
Library Information Technology Framework
Digital Citizenship Survival Kit