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New law promotes media literacy, internet safety in school curriculum

New law promotes media literacy, internet safety in school curriculum

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- No fake news about this...Washington State Governor Jay Inslee officially signed a new state law requiring schools to teach media literacy and internet safety in the classroom.

Under this new law, educators from across the state will take a survey taking into account the current teachings around these topics. Then officials will put together a policy of what your kids need to know before they read or write an article on the web.

“What I am trying to teach my kids in my assignments are how to go past the surface," said Chiawana High School career and technical education teacher Paula Curtright.

In an era of fake news, smart phone and high speed internet, Curtright says students need to be taught about fact checking, now more than ever.

“As technology becomes more and more sophisticated, what we teach needs to be more and more sophisticated as well," said Curtright.

A website with links to successful practices in other schools, curriculum and other resources for teachers will also be created under the law.

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