ALHAMBRA – California State Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) Monday joined students and officials from the Alhambra Unified School District, along with Craig Cheslog, Vice President of Policy for Common Sense Kids Action, to declare October 16-22, as Digital Citizenship Week.
“Digital media is changing the way our children live and learn, but it also poses potential dangers, such as cyberbullying and exploitation, if not managed appropriately,” said Assemblyman Ed Chau.
“As a result, it is important that we, as a community, help our children understand and manage the role of digital media in their lives through additional investments in education.”
Digital Citizenship is a set of defined and teachable skills for children in the 21st century. It means that children appreciate the responsibility for their choice of content, as well as their actions when using the Internet, cell phone, and other digital media.
The press conference held Monday highlighted the important role that schools and parents can play in building skills around critical thinking, ethical discussion, and decision-making by integrating this new media literacy into the overall curriculum across grade levels, starting as early as kindergarten.
Assemblyman Ed Chau represents the 49th Assembly District in California, which includes the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City, and portions of El Monte, Montebello, and South El Monte.