Cyber Civics For Families
To meet the expressed need of families for Cyber Civics lessons on digital citizenship and online safety that can be done at home, we've created this short, yet powerful, series of activities.
"Cyber Civics For Families” includes four of our favorite activities from the year-long program. Each of these are a snap to do at home and will give your children the skills they need to successfully face some of the biggest challenges of the online world.
The best news? We are so convinced you will love this short course that you will want your school to get our full program. So your investment of $49 can be credited towards the full Cyber Civics program, should your school choose to subscribe within 12 months of your purchase. How awesome is that?
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About Cyber Civics
There is a urgent and growing need to equip students with the skills to become ethical, knowledgeable, and empowered "digital citizens." So in 2010, Journey School, a Waldorf-inspired public charter school in Aliso Viejo, California, launched a pioneering three-year, middle school digital literacy program—called Cyber Civics™—to address this need. Today this program is being taught in all kinds of in-school and home-school settings across the U.S. and internationally. It has attracted national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and has yielded outcomes that have surpassed our expectations.
We are thrilled to make Cyber Civics™ available to families--so that parents everywhere can help their children learn these essential digital life skills at home.
Visit our website: www.cybercivics.com
About This Course
These activities come from "Year 1" which is packed with peer-to-peer lessons that call on critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making through hands-on projects, problem solving, and role-play, all surrounding the topic of "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate, responsible, behavior with regard to technology use). It grew out of this published, academic research and can be taught entirely without technology (that's because experts widely agree that the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills).
Frequently Asked Questions
- The price ($49) provides you with a license for one full year.
- Includes activities, video, resources, full support, and a monthly newsletter.
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- YEAR 2: INFORMATION LITERACY IS AVAILABLE HERE.
- YEAR 3: MEDIA LITERACY FOR POSITIVE PARTICIPATION IS AVAILABLE HERE.
“In the four years since the Cyber Civics™ classes started at our school, there have been only three reported incidences of poor digital behavior; none in the last two years. This is unheard of in this day and age. What has been a small investment has paid off tenfold. Plus it allows us to put our energy on what matters most, learning and teaching in a happy, safe, and healthy community.”
-Shaheer Faltas, Journey School Administrator
“Over the course of three years working with Diana Graber and watching her develop the curriculum, I recognize that it is based on the the same cognitive developmental skills that are foundational to Waldorf teaching in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. While this curriculum has found a rich home in Waldorf schools that foster ethical development, it is a curriculum that can fit in all educational settings.”
- Bonnie River, Chair of Hybrid Program, Rudolf Steiner College
"Cyber Civics is the best digital media literacy curriculum I've seen yet as it is developmentally based and creative."
-Sheila Reilly, Administrator, Woodland Star Charter School
"Since cyber-life is imperative to a child's future, isn't it about time to demand that schools implement Cyber Civics classes?"
-Online Safety Expert Sue Scheff, in "Digital Citizenship Is a Important as Potty Training: Let's Start Cyber Civics In All Schools"
"Journey School in Aliso Viejo implemented a weekly course to help kids navigate the online world...a lot of young kids don't appreciate that what they post online is permanent, and need to be taught that their digital footprint will live forever. To get this message through to kids, nothing beats peer-to-peer interactions."
-Al Jazeera's "America Tonight"
"We are not only citizens of the town, state and country we live in, but also digital citizens of the online world. As such, how we interact with the community at large is an increasingly-important part of our lives. And just like a Civics class you may have taken in high school, every student in the near future will be taking a Cyber Civics class."
-David Ryan Polgar, WWLP-22 News
About the Instructor
Diana Graber, M.A., a long-time Waldorf parent, created and teaches Cyber Civics™ at Journey School. She has an extensive background as a media producer and also co-founded CyberWise, a digital literacy resource for parents; and CyberWise Certified, a self-paced, online learning certification program to help educators prepare to teach these lessons. As an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) she taught "Media Psychology for the 21st Century." Her published paper: New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (JMLE, 2012) provides the foundational research for the Cyber Civics™ program. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.