Cyber Civics™: Teach Year 1

A turnkey middle school digital literacy program that meets an urgent need to help youth become ethical, knowledgeable, and empowered digital citizens. Includes curriculum, video, full support to teach "digital citizenship" classroom lessons. To learn more contact: support@cybercivics.com

About this course

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, after-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 others--so that students everywhere can learn these essential digital life skills. 

Visit our website: www.cybercivics.com

About Level 1

This course, the first of a three-year series, is packed with peer-to-peer learning activities 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. These lessons 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 program fee ($699) provides a school-wide license for one full year.
  • Renewal is only $149/yr. By renewing teachers receive regularly updated materials, uninterrupted access/support.
  • Any teacher at the subscribing school can open his or her own account and get full support.
  • Includes curriculum, video, resources, support, professional development, parent engagement tools, and newsletters.
  • We accept secure credit card payments (Pay Pal, Stripe) via this site.
  • We accept Purchase Orders. For a quote or to pay via P.O., contact us.  
  • For multiple school/district discounts, contact us.
  • For free online demonstrations or presentations, contact us.
  • Please download the complete Cyber Civics Year 1 FAQ's.

Contact us at support@cybercivics.com or call (949) 481-4319

Plus!

Testimonials

“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

"After seeing Journey School's Cyber Civics program presentation and learning more about it, I am pleased to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully."

-Susan Mas, Executive Director, Charters OC

"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

"The thoughtfulness and breadth of the program is an asset to our school, and the parents are very happy to have "tech-driver's-ed" in our curriculum." 

-Soni Albright, East Bay Waldorf School

 

"We know that digital-citizenship education works. The Journey School in Aliso Viejo, a small Southern California city, is an example of a digital-citizenship success story. Since instituting a three-year middle school series on digital citizenship, information literacy on evaluation of online sources, and media-literacy courses to teach critical-thinking skills around media texts of all kinds—music videos, film, print advertising—the school has nearly eliminated bullying and behavioral issues and significantly boosted standardized-test scores."

-Education Week, July 2016

"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 Founder

Diana Graber, M.A., a long-time Waldorf school parent, developed and still 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. She was honored with the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). 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 and many other publications.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

Curriculum

  • Take a Look!
  • Preview
    Unit 1, Lesson 1: Video Guide
  • Preview
    Cyber Civics on America Tonight
  • Preview
    What is Digital Citizenship?
  • Preview
    Why Cyber Civics?
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started
  • Full Syllabus
  • Foundational Research
  • Student Assessments
  • Pre-, Post- Assessment
  • Pre-, Post-Assessment Key
  • Unit 1: Becoming a De-'Tech'-Tive
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 1
  • Parent Letter for Unit 1
  • Lesson 1: De-Tech-Tive Work
  • Lesson 2: Investigating Today's Technology
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: How Much Do You Know About the Internet?
  • Lesson 3: Video
  • Unit 2: Citizenship
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 2
  • Parent Letter for Unit 2
  • Lesson 1: The 5 Principles of Citizenship
  • Lesson 2: A Citizen's Rights and Responsibilities
  • Lesson 3: Designing a Positive Online Community
  • Preview
    Lesson 3: Video
  • Unit 3: Your Digital Reputation
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 3
  • Parent Letter for Unit 3
  • Lesson 1: Digital Background Check
  • Lesson 1: Video
  • Lesson 2: To Share Or Not To Share?
  • Lesson 3: Digital Billboard
  • Unit 4: Ethical Thinking
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 4
  • Parent Letter for Unit 4
  • Lesson 1: Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Creating a Code of Conduct
  • Lesson 3: How To Communicate Online
  • Unit 5: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 5
  • Parent Letter for Unit 5
  • Lesson 1: Real People, Real Feelings
  • Lesson 2: What is Cyberbullying?
  • Lesson 3: Teasing, Digital Drama, Cyberbullying: Detecting the Difference
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Lesson 4: How To Be An Upstander
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Stop, Block, Talk
  • Unit 6: Identity & Privacy
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 6
  • Parent Letter for Unit 6
  • Lesson 1: Who Am I Online?
  • Lesson 2: My Self, My Selfie
  • Lesson 3: Your Six-Word Memoir
  • Lesson 4: Balancing Identity & Privacy
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Final Activity
  • Final Project

About this course

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, after-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 others--so that students everywhere can learn these essential digital life skills. 

Visit our website: www.cybercivics.com

About Level 1

This course, the first of a three-year series, is packed with peer-to-peer learning activities 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. These lessons 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 program fee ($699) provides a school-wide license for one full year.
  • Renewal is only $149/yr. By renewing teachers receive regularly updated materials, uninterrupted access/support.
  • Any teacher at the subscribing school can open his or her own account and get full support.
  • Includes curriculum, video, resources, support, professional development, parent engagement tools, and newsletters.
  • We accept secure credit card payments (Pay Pal, Stripe) via this site.
  • We accept Purchase Orders. For a quote or to pay via P.O., contact us.  
  • For multiple school/district discounts, contact us.
  • For free online demonstrations or presentations, contact us.
  • Please download the complete Cyber Civics Year 1 FAQ's.

Contact us at support@cybercivics.com or call (949) 481-4319

Plus!

Testimonials

“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

"After seeing Journey School's Cyber Civics program presentation and learning more about it, I am pleased to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully."

-Susan Mas, Executive Director, Charters OC

"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

"The thoughtfulness and breadth of the program is an asset to our school, and the parents are very happy to have "tech-driver's-ed" in our curriculum." 

-Soni Albright, East Bay Waldorf School

 

"We know that digital-citizenship education works. The Journey School in Aliso Viejo, a small Southern California city, is an example of a digital-citizenship success story. Since instituting a three-year middle school series on digital citizenship, information literacy on evaluation of online sources, and media-literacy courses to teach critical-thinking skills around media texts of all kinds—music videos, film, print advertising—the school has nearly eliminated bullying and behavioral issues and significantly boosted standardized-test scores."

-Education Week, July 2016

"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 Founder

Diana Graber, M.A., a long-time Waldorf school parent, developed and still 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. She was honored with the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). 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 and many other publications.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

Curriculum

  • Take a Look!
  • Preview
    Unit 1, Lesson 1: Video Guide
  • Preview
    Cyber Civics on America Tonight
  • Preview
    What is Digital Citizenship?
  • Preview
    Why Cyber Civics?
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started
  • Full Syllabus
  • Foundational Research
  • Student Assessments
  • Pre-, Post- Assessment
  • Pre-, Post-Assessment Key
  • Unit 1: Becoming a De-'Tech'-Tive
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 1
  • Parent Letter for Unit 1
  • Lesson 1: De-Tech-Tive Work
  • Lesson 2: Investigating Today's Technology
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: How Much Do You Know About the Internet?
  • Lesson 3: Video
  • Unit 2: Citizenship
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 2
  • Parent Letter for Unit 2
  • Lesson 1: The 5 Principles of Citizenship
  • Lesson 2: A Citizen's Rights and Responsibilities
  • Lesson 3: Designing a Positive Online Community
  • Preview
    Lesson 3: Video
  • Unit 3: Your Digital Reputation
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 3
  • Parent Letter for Unit 3
  • Lesson 1: Digital Background Check
  • Lesson 1: Video
  • Lesson 2: To Share Or Not To Share?
  • Lesson 3: Digital Billboard
  • Unit 4: Ethical Thinking
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 4
  • Parent Letter for Unit 4
  • Lesson 1: Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Creating a Code of Conduct
  • Lesson 3: How To Communicate Online
  • Unit 5: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 5
  • Parent Letter for Unit 5
  • Lesson 1: Real People, Real Feelings
  • Lesson 2: What is Cyberbullying?
  • Lesson 3: Teasing, Digital Drama, Cyberbullying: Detecting the Difference
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Lesson 4: How To Be An Upstander
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Stop, Block, Talk
  • Unit 6: Identity & Privacy
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 6
  • Parent Letter for Unit 6
  • Lesson 1: Who Am I Online?
  • Lesson 2: My Self, My Selfie
  • Lesson 3: Your Six-Word Memoir
  • Lesson 4: Balancing Identity & Privacy
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Final Activity
  • Final Project