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Cyber Civics: Level 1 (for Home or Small Group Use)

A turnkey middle school digital literacy program that meets an urgent need to help youth become ethical, safe, and productive digital citizens. Includes lessons, video, parent letters, and full support to teach "digital citizenship." Questions? Contact: support@cybercivics.com.

About This Course

To meet the urgent need to provide families with the same popular course being delivered in schools, Cyber Civics: Level 1 (for Home Use) was created. Now families can offer their children a series of sequential, hands-on lessons on digital citizenship (the norms of appropriate, responsible, behavior with regard to technology use). This level, the first of a three-year series, is packed with learning activities that call on critical thinking, ethical debate, and decision making through hands-on projects, problem solving, and role-play. Lessons are sequenced in a way that help young people make sense of a complex digital world. This program grew out of published academic research and has been tested and refined in classrooms across 44 U.S. states (and internationally) over the past 10 years. Lessons can be delivered without technology (because experts widely agree that the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills). Many parents give their children these lessons before they give them access to their first mobile device.

For reduced Home School rate on ALL 3 levels, contact us at support@cybercivics.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Includes over 25 lesson plans, parent guides, and videos.
  • Materials are regularly updated.
  • Monthly newsletter announcing new resources.
  • Uninterrupted access/support for a full year.
  • Complimentary online tutorials available if needed.
  • For free online demonstrations or presentations, contact us.

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

Testimonials

"An intentional deep-dive that teaches emotional intelligence as much as it does digital citizenship"

-SmartBrief on EdTech, April 2019

“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

"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, City of Lakes 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"  

"If Cyber Civics or digital literacy class is offered in your school or community, sign the kids up."

-Kelly Wallace, CNN

 

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 site. 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 a regular contributor to a number of publications.

Her book, "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationships with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) is available where books are sold.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

Curriculum

  • Learn About Level 1
  • Preview
    Why Cyber Civics?
  • Preview
    Cyber Civics on the Today Show
  • Preview
    Cyber Civics on America Tonight
  • Get Ready To Teach Level 1
  • Getting Started
  • Syllabus
  • Parent Letter: What Is Cyber Civics?
  • Foundational Research
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: 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 Tools
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: How Much Do You Know About the Internet?
  • Lesson 3: Video
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Citizenship
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 2
  • Parent Letter for Unit 2
  • Lesson 1: The 5 Principles of Citizenship
  • Lesson 2: How To Be a Good Citizen Online
  • Lesson 3: Designing a Positive Online Community
  • Preview
    Lesson 3: Video
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: 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: Your Digital Billboard
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Ethical Thinking
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 4
  • Parent Letter for Unit 4
  • Lesson 1: Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces
  • Lesson 1: Video 1 (for teacher only)
  • Lesson 2: Creating a Code of Conduct
  • Lesson 3: How To Communicate Online
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 5
  • Parent Letter for Unit 5
  • Lesson 1: Hiding Behind a Screen
  • Lesson 2: Real People, Real Feelings
  • Lesson 3: What is Cyberbullying? Digital Drama?
  • Lesson 4: Be Upstanding
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Take Stock, Block, Talk
  • Lesson 5: Video 1 (on YouTube)
  • Lesson 5: Video 1 (not on YouTube)
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: Identity & Privacy
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 6
  • Parent Letter for Unit 6
  • Lesson 1: Who Am I Online?
  • Lesson 2: You Are The Words You Use
  • Lesson 3: My Self, My Selfie
  • Lesson 4: You, In Six Words
  • Lesson 5: A-Okay or No Way
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Final Activity
  • Final Project

About This Course

To meet the urgent need to provide families with the same popular course being delivered in schools, Cyber Civics: Level 1 (for Home Use) was created. Now families can offer their children a series of sequential, hands-on lessons on digital citizenship (the norms of appropriate, responsible, behavior with regard to technology use). This level, the first of a three-year series, is packed with learning activities that call on critical thinking, ethical debate, and decision making through hands-on projects, problem solving, and role-play. Lessons are sequenced in a way that help young people make sense of a complex digital world. This program grew out of published academic research and has been tested and refined in classrooms across 44 U.S. states (and internationally) over the past 10 years. Lessons can be delivered without technology (because experts widely agree that the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills). Many parents give their children these lessons before they give them access to their first mobile device.

For reduced Home School rate on ALL 3 levels, contact us at support@cybercivics.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Includes over 25 lesson plans, parent guides, and videos.
  • Materials are regularly updated.
  • Monthly newsletter announcing new resources.
  • Uninterrupted access/support for a full year.
  • Complimentary online tutorials available if needed.
  • For free online demonstrations or presentations, contact us.

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

Testimonials

"An intentional deep-dive that teaches emotional intelligence as much as it does digital citizenship"

-SmartBrief on EdTech, April 2019

“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

"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, City of Lakes 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"  

"If Cyber Civics or digital literacy class is offered in your school or community, sign the kids up."

-Kelly Wallace, CNN

 

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 site. 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 a regular contributor to a number of publications.

Her book, "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationships with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) is available where books are sold.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

Curriculum

  • Learn About Level 1
  • Preview
    Why Cyber Civics?
  • Preview
    Cyber Civics on the Today Show
  • Preview
    Cyber Civics on America Tonight
  • Get Ready To Teach Level 1
  • Getting Started
  • Syllabus
  • Parent Letter: What Is Cyber Civics?
  • Foundational Research
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: 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 Tools
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: How Much Do You Know About the Internet?
  • Lesson 3: Video
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Citizenship
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 2
  • Parent Letter for Unit 2
  • Lesson 1: The 5 Principles of Citizenship
  • Lesson 2: How To Be a Good Citizen Online
  • Lesson 3: Designing a Positive Online Community
  • Preview
    Lesson 3: Video
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: 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: Your Digital Billboard
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Ethical Thinking
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 4
  • Parent Letter for Unit 4
  • Lesson 1: Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces
  • Lesson 1: Video 1 (for teacher only)
  • Lesson 2: Creating a Code of Conduct
  • Lesson 3: How To Communicate Online
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 5
  • Parent Letter for Unit 5
  • Lesson 1: Hiding Behind a Screen
  • Lesson 2: Real People, Real Feelings
  • Lesson 3: What is Cyberbullying? Digital Drama?
  • Lesson 4: Be Upstanding
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Take Stock, Block, Talk
  • Lesson 5: Video 1 (on YouTube)
  • Lesson 5: Video 1 (not on YouTube)
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: Identity & Privacy
  • Teacher Guide for Unit 6
  • Parent Letter for Unit 6
  • Lesson 1: Who Am I Online?
  • Lesson 2: You Are The Words You Use
  • Lesson 3: My Self, My Selfie
  • Lesson 4: You, In Six Words
  • Lesson 5: A-Okay or No Way
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Final Activity
  • Final Project