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By Emma Epperly
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Funding proposed to encourage thoughtful online behavior

 

February 27, 2019



Media literacy and digital citizenship would be the focus of a grant program for Washington school districts.

Senate Bill 5594 was heard by the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, Wednesday, and is sponsored by District 21 Senator Marco Liias, D- Lynnwood.

Committee Chair Lisa Wellman was supportive of the bill saying it’s part of the school safety package the legislature has been working on this session.

Wellman cited online bullying and its link to mental health as an important reason to tackle digital citizenship in schools. A study done at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in New York showed that 20 percent of child and adolescent patients had experienced cyberbullying and t...



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