By Bob Katzen

Bill: (H 688) – Would require the Department of Education to integrate media literacy skills in all health and core curricular content for grades K-12. Media literacy is defined in the bill as consumption and production of media, digital products and communication technology of all kinds including news in print, television, radio, movies, music, video games, websites, advertisements, content posted on social media platforms, AI, algorithms, virtual reality and surveillance systems. And it encompasses the foundational skills of digital citizenship and Internet safety “including the norms of appropriate, responsible, ethical, healthy behavior and cyberbullying prevention, and the ability to recognize bias, stereotypes, representation and the lack of inclusion in media messages.”

Supporters say the media has grown and expanded in many directions and students should be well educated on its many aspects.

Sponsor Rep. David Rogers (D-Cambridge) did not respond to repeated attempts by Beacon Hill Roll Call asking him to comment on his bill and its defeat.

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