Cyber Civics: Teach Level 2

Youth today must know how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use online information. This program includes lessons, video, send-home parent letters, and one-to-one support so that any school or individual can teach “Information Literacy” to middle school students. For more info contact: support@cybercivics.com

About This Course

This is Level 2 of Cyber Civics (find Level 1 here), a three-year middle school digital literacy program that addresses an urgent and growing need to teach students how to become ethical, safe, and productive “digital citizens.” 

After developing Level 1—a full year of weekly "digital citizenship" lessons—it became clear that while it provides students with terrific foundational skills, it's not nearly enough! Students are ready and eager to learn practical skills.

Current research shows that while young people seem incredibly tech-savvy, most know little about the core concepts of "information literacy" or, how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. While lessons that teach these skills can be found here and there, we couldn't find a comprehensive curriculum...which is why this one was created. It curates the best lessons from known, vetted sources, weaves them together with original lessons, and delivers them to students in a way that makes sense to them. Like Level 1, this program emphasizes ethical and critical thinking skills, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-playing games. Lessons are delivered to the teacher through this portal, they can deliver the lessons in the classroom, no tech required, or send lessons home in the event of Distance Learning.

Since the first Cyber Civics class was taught in 2010, this program has attracted national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder was awarded the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). The book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story. 

Visit our website: www.cybercivics.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Subscription fee varies depending upon number of students, there is a very low annual renewal fee.
  • Teachers receive regularly updated materials, uninterrupted access/support.
  • Any teacher at a subscribing school can open an account.
  • Includes curriculum, video, resources, support, p.d., parent engagement tools, and newsletters.
  • Multiple school/district discounts available.
  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

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

Plus!

Testimonials

"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

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

-Kelly Wallace, CNN

“Cyber Civics is an amazing resource for teachers and parents.  My students love Cyber Civics almost as much as their parents do.”

-Rebekah Hopkinson, Lake Champlain Waldorf School

 

"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

“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, City of Lakes Waldorf 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"  

                                       

Our Story

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 the growing need to equip students to use technology ethically, safely, and wisely. Today this program is taught by public charter and private Waldorf schools, public schools, private schools, community organizations, and in home-school settings across 45 US states and internationally. It has attracted national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" award finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder was awarded the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). 

Founder

Diana Graber is the author of "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership, '19), the book that tells the Cyber Civics story. She co-founded CyberWise, a digital literacy and online safety resource for parents. Graber has an extensive background as a media producer and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) where 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 Cyber Civics. She is a long-time Waldorf school parent, and developed and still teaches Cyber Civics  at Journey School. A regular contributor to a number of publications, Graber holds a B.A. in Communications from UCLA, and an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding Graduate University.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

 

Curriculum

  • Preview
    Watch: Level 2 Lessons on Today Show
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers
  • Parent Guide If Delivering Cyber Civics at Home
  • Send-Home Parent Letter: What Is Cyber Civics?
  • Level 2 Syllabus
  • Research Supports Teaching Info Literacy
  • ELA Educational Standards Alignment
  • Student Pre- and Post-Assessments

    Give this assessment to students at the beginning and end of this level to see what they learn.

  • Student Assessment (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Student Assessment Key
  • Optional Preparatory Lesson
  • Safe & Responsible Use of Tech Agreement
  • Tech Agreement Fillable Form
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: Learning Balance
  • Unit 1 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 1 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 1: Your Digital Diet
  • Lesson 1: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 2: Your Digital Diet, Part 2
  • Lesson 2: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Online Safety
  • Unit 2 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 2 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 3: Online Safety 101
  • Lesson 3: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 4: Rules of the Road
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: Searching the Web
  • Unit 3 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 3 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 5: Elements of a Web Search
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Lesson 5: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 6: How Does Search Work?
  • Lesson 6: Video 1
  • Lesson 7: Constructing a Search Query
  • Lesson 7: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 8: Anatomy of a Results Page
  • Lesson 8: For Students
  • Searching the Web Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Searching the Web Quiz Key
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Your Personal Information
  • Unit 4 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 4 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 9: Who's Watching You?
  • Lesson 9: Fillable PDF Letter
  • Lesson 10: Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?
  • Lesson 10: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 11: Understanding Terms of Use
  • Lesson 11: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 12: Tracking, Targeting & Those Filter Bubbles
  • Lesson 12: Video 1
  • Lesson 13: Protecting Your Online Data
  • Lesson 13: Video 1
  • Lesson 13: Video 2
  • Lesson 13: For Students
  • Lesson 14: Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords
  • Lesson 15: What Would You Collect?
  • Lesson 15: For Student
  • Personal Information Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Your Personal Information Quiz Key
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Copyright | Public Domain | Fair Use
  • Unit 5 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 5 Parent Letter w/Actvities
  • Lesson 16: Introducing Copyright, Part 1
  • Lesson 16: Video 1
  • Lesson 16: Video 2 (for teachers)
  • Lesson 17: Introducing Copyright, Part 2
  • Lesson 17: Video1
  • Lesson 17: Video 2
  • Lesson 17: Video 3
  • Lesson 18: What is "Creative Commons"?
  • Lesson 18: Video 1
  • Lesson 18: Video 2
  • Lesson 18: For Students
  • Lesson 19: Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Lesson 19: For Students
  • Lesson 20: Living in a Remix World
  • Lesson 20: Video 1
  • Lesson 20: Video 2
  • Copyright Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Copyright Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: How To Use Wikipedia
  • Unit 6 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 6 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 21: Why Wikis Work
  • Lesson 21: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 22: Exploring Wikipedia
  • Lesson 22: Video 1
  • Lesson 22: Video 2
  • Lesson 22: Video 3
  • Lesson 22: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 23: Editing Wikipedia
  • Lesson 23: Video 1
  • Lesson 23: Video 2
  • Final Test
  • The Collaborative Final (Fillable PDF Form)
  • The Collaborative Final Key

About This Course

This is Level 2 of Cyber Civics (find Level 1 here), a three-year middle school digital literacy program that addresses an urgent and growing need to teach students how to become ethical, safe, and productive “digital citizens.” 

After developing Level 1—a full year of weekly "digital citizenship" lessons—it became clear that while it provides students with terrific foundational skills, it's not nearly enough! Students are ready and eager to learn practical skills.

Current research shows that while young people seem incredibly tech-savvy, most know little about the core concepts of "information literacy" or, how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. While lessons that teach these skills can be found here and there, we couldn't find a comprehensive curriculum...which is why this one was created. It curates the best lessons from known, vetted sources, weaves them together with original lessons, and delivers them to students in a way that makes sense to them. Like Level 1, this program emphasizes ethical and critical thinking skills, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-playing games. Lessons are delivered to the teacher through this portal, they can deliver the lessons in the classroom, no tech required, or send lessons home in the event of Distance Learning.

Since the first Cyber Civics class was taught in 2010, this program has attracted national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder was awarded the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). The book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story. 

Visit our website: www.cybercivics.com

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Subscription fee varies depending upon number of students, there is a very low annual renewal fee.
  • Teachers receive regularly updated materials, uninterrupted access/support.
  • Any teacher at a subscribing school can open an account.
  • Includes curriculum, video, resources, support, p.d., parent engagement tools, and newsletters.
  • Multiple school/district discounts available.
  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

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

Plus!

Testimonials

"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

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

-Kelly Wallace, CNN

“Cyber Civics is an amazing resource for teachers and parents.  My students love Cyber Civics almost as much as their parents do.”

-Rebekah Hopkinson, Lake Champlain Waldorf School

 

"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

“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, City of Lakes Waldorf 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"  

                                       

Our Story

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 the growing need to equip students to use technology ethically, safely, and wisely. Today this program is taught by public charter and private Waldorf schools, public schools, private schools, community organizations, and in home-school settings across 45 US states and internationally. It has attracted national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" award finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder was awarded the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). 

Founder

Diana Graber is the author of "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership, '19), the book that tells the Cyber Civics story. She co-founded CyberWise, a digital literacy and online safety resource for parents. Graber has an extensive background as a media producer and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) where 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 Cyber Civics. She is a long-time Waldorf school parent, and developed and still teaches Cyber Civics  at Journey School. A regular contributor to a number of publications, Graber holds a B.A. in Communications from UCLA, and an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding Graduate University.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

 

Curriculum

  • Preview
    Watch: Level 2 Lessons on Today Show
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers
  • Parent Guide If Delivering Cyber Civics at Home
  • Send-Home Parent Letter: What Is Cyber Civics?
  • Level 2 Syllabus
  • Research Supports Teaching Info Literacy
  • ELA Educational Standards Alignment
  • Student Pre- and Post-Assessments

    Give this assessment to students at the beginning and end of this level to see what they learn.

  • Student Assessment (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Student Assessment Key
  • Optional Preparatory Lesson
  • Safe & Responsible Use of Tech Agreement
  • Tech Agreement Fillable Form
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: Learning Balance
  • Unit 1 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 1 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 1: Your Digital Diet
  • Lesson 1: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 2: Your Digital Diet, Part 2
  • Lesson 2: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Online Safety
  • Unit 2 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 2 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 3: Online Safety 101
  • Lesson 3: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 4: Rules of the Road
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: Searching the Web
  • Unit 3 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 3 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 5: Elements of a Web Search
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Lesson 5: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 6: How Does Search Work?
  • Lesson 6: Video 1
  • Lesson 7: Constructing a Search Query
  • Lesson 7: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 8: Anatomy of a Results Page
  • Lesson 8: For Students
  • Searching the Web Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Searching the Web Quiz Key
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Your Personal Information
  • Unit 4 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 4 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 9: Who's Watching You?
  • Lesson 9: Fillable PDF Letter
  • Lesson 10: Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?
  • Lesson 10: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 11: Understanding Terms of Use
  • Lesson 11: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 12: Tracking, Targeting & Those Filter Bubbles
  • Lesson 12: Video 1
  • Lesson 13: Protecting Your Online Data
  • Lesson 13: Video 1
  • Lesson 13: Video 2
  • Lesson 13: For Students
  • Lesson 14: Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords
  • Lesson 15: What Would You Collect?
  • Lesson 15: For Student
  • Personal Information Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Your Personal Information Quiz Key
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Copyright | Public Domain | Fair Use
  • Unit 5 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 5 Parent Letter w/Actvities
  • Lesson 16: Introducing Copyright, Part 1
  • Lesson 16: Video 1
  • Lesson 16: Video 2 (for teachers)
  • Lesson 17: Introducing Copyright, Part 2
  • Lesson 17: Video1
  • Lesson 17: Video 2
  • Lesson 17: Video 3
  • Lesson 18: What is "Creative Commons"?
  • Lesson 18: Video 1
  • Lesson 18: Video 2
  • Lesson 18: For Students
  • Lesson 19: Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Lesson 19: For Students
  • Lesson 20: Living in a Remix World
  • Lesson 20: Video 1
  • Lesson 20: Video 2
  • Copyright Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Copyright Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: How To Use Wikipedia
  • Unit 6 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 6 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 21: Why Wikis Work
  • Lesson 21: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 22: Exploring Wikipedia
  • Lesson 22: Video 1
  • Lesson 22: Video 2
  • Lesson 22: Video 3
  • Lesson 22: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 23: Editing Wikipedia
  • Lesson 23: Video 1
  • Lesson 23: Video 2
  • Final Test
  • The Collaborative Final (Fillable PDF Form)
  • The Collaborative Final Key