Cyber Civics: Teach Level 3

Digital citizens must know how to critically evaluate and creatively produce media—not just the printed word, but visual/audio media too! This program provides a turnkey curriculum plus support for a full year of weekly "Media Literacy For Positive Participation" in-class or distance learning lessons. Questions? support@cybercivics.com

About This Course

This is Level 3 of the Cyber Civics program (find Level 1 here and Level 2 here), a three-year middle school digital literacy curriculum that addresses an urgent and growing need to prepare students with skills to become ethical, safe, and productive “digital citizens.” 

Visit our website www.cybercivics.com 

What is "Media Literacy"?

“Media Literacy education – which teaches students to apply critical thinking to media messages and to use media to create their own messages – is a key 21st century skill. Media Literacy is critical to the health and well-being of America’s children, as well as to their future participation in the civic and economic life of our democracy.”                               

-Media Literacy Now

There has never been a more important time to teach students how to critically evaluate and creatively produce media messages. With misinformation so easily made and shared online, knowing how to recognize it and understanding what to do about it is so important that many states across the U.S. mandate that "media literacy" be taught in school.

This powerful third year of Cyber Civics builds upon the strong foundation of the first two levels of this program. Like Levels 1 and 2, these lessons emphasize ethical and critical thinking, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem-solving activities, and role-play. It can be delivered in the classroom and can also be used for Distance learning.

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.

 

Curriculum

  • Media Literacy For Positive Participation
  • Preview
    What IS Media Literacy?
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers
  • Parent Guide If Delivering Cyber Civics At Home
  • Level 3 Syllabus
  • ELA Educational Standards Alignment
  • NAMLE: Core Principles of Media Literacy Education
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: A Participatory Culture
  • Unit 1: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 1: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 1: Are You a Consumer or a Producer?
  • Preview
    Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 2: Are You a Multitasker?
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: For Student
  • Lesson 3: Your Brain on Tech
  • Lesson 3: Article and Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 4: Let's Get Blogging (2 Parts)
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Lesson 4: For Student
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Calling On Critical Thinking
  • Unit 2: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 2: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 5: C.R.A.P. Detection, Part 1
  • Lesson 5: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 6: Using C.R.A.P. Detection Skills
  • Lesson 6: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: "Fake" News
  • Unit 3: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 3: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 7: What's News?
  • Lesson 7: Video 1
  • Lesson 7: For Student
  • Lesson 8: Understanding Fake News
  • Lesson 8: Video 1
  • Lesson 8: Video 2
  • Lesson 8: Video 3
  • Lesson 8: For Student
  • Lesson 9: Clickbait and Deepfakes
  • Lesson 9: Video 1
  • Lesson 9: Story & Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 10: Simon Says It's Fake
  • Lesson 10: For Student
  • Critical Thinking/"Fake" News Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Critical Thinking/"Fake" News Quiz Key
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Stereotypes and Media Representation
  • Unit 4: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 4: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 11: Seeing Stereotypes
  • Lesson 11: Video 1
  • Lesson 11: For Student
  • Lesson 12: Stereotypes All Around Us
  • Lesson 12: Video 1
  • Lesson 13: Selling to Stereotype (2 Parts)
  • Lesson 13: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Visual Literacy
  • Unit 5: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 5: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 14: Before There Was Photoshop
  • Lesson 14: For Student
  • Lesson 15: Every Picture Tells a Story
  • Lesson 16: Spot That Photoshop
  • Lesson 16: Video 1
  • Lesson 16: Video 2
  • Lesson 16: For Student
  • Lesson 17: Food Takes Center Stage
  • Lesson 17: Video 1
  • Lesson 17: Video 2
  • Lesson 17: For Student
  • Stereotypes and Visual Literacy Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Stereotypes and Visual Literacy Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: Sexting
  • Unit 6: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 6: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 18: Let's Talk About Sexting
  • Lesson 18: Video 1
  • Lesson 18: Fillable Form
  • Lesson 19: Sexting, Just Say No
  • Lesson 19: Video 1
  • Lesson 19: Video 2
  • Lesson 19: For Student
  • UNIT 7 LESSONS: Digital Leadership
  • Unit 7: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 7: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 20: The Power of Social Media
  • Lesson 20: Video 1
  • Lesson 20: For Student
  • Lesson 21: Trolls, Lurkers, and Upstanders
  • Lesson 21: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 22: Emerging Technologies and Ethical Thinking
  • Lesson 22: Video 1
  • Lesson 22: Video 2
  • Lesson 22: Video 3
  • Lesson 22: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 23: Are You a Consumer of a Producer Now?
  • Lesson 23: Video 1
  • Lesson 23: Fillable PDF Form
  • EXTRA UNIT: Research Skills
  • Lesson 24: Using Filters & Operators (2 parts)
  • Lesson 24: For Student
  • Lesson 25: Search Like a Pro
  • Lesson 25: Video 1
  • Lesson 25: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 26: Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Lesson 26: Video 1
  • Lesson 26: Video 2
  • Lesson 26: Video 3
  • Lesson 26: Video 4
  • Lesson 26: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 27: How To Cite Right
  • Lesson 27: Video 1
  • Lesson 27: Fillable Form
  • Lesson 28: Let's Review! Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain
  • Lesson 28: Video 1
  • Lesson 28: For Student

About This Course

This is Level 3 of the Cyber Civics program (find Level 1 here and Level 2 here), a three-year middle school digital literacy curriculum that addresses an urgent and growing need to prepare students with skills to become ethical, safe, and productive “digital citizens.” 

Visit our website www.cybercivics.com 

What is "Media Literacy"?

“Media Literacy education – which teaches students to apply critical thinking to media messages and to use media to create their own messages – is a key 21st century skill. Media Literacy is critical to the health and well-being of America’s children, as well as to their future participation in the civic and economic life of our democracy.”                               

-Media Literacy Now

There has never been a more important time to teach students how to critically evaluate and creatively produce media messages. With misinformation so easily made and shared online, knowing how to recognize it and understanding what to do about it is so important that many states across the U.S. mandate that "media literacy" be taught in school.

This powerful third year of Cyber Civics builds upon the strong foundation of the first two levels of this program. Like Levels 1 and 2, these lessons emphasize ethical and critical thinking, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem-solving activities, and role-play. It can be delivered in the classroom and can also be used for Distance learning.

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.

 

Curriculum

  • Media Literacy For Positive Participation
  • Preview
    What IS Media Literacy?
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers
  • Parent Guide If Delivering Cyber Civics At Home
  • Level 3 Syllabus
  • ELA Educational Standards Alignment
  • NAMLE: Core Principles of Media Literacy Education
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: A Participatory Culture
  • Unit 1: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 1: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 1: Are You a Consumer or a Producer?
  • Preview
    Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 2: Are You a Multitasker?
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: For Student
  • Lesson 3: Your Brain on Tech
  • Lesson 3: Article and Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 4: Let's Get Blogging (2 Parts)
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Lesson 4: For Student
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Calling On Critical Thinking
  • Unit 2: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 2: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 5: C.R.A.P. Detection, Part 1
  • Lesson 5: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 6: Using C.R.A.P. Detection Skills
  • Lesson 6: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: "Fake" News
  • Unit 3: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 3: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 7: What's News?
  • Lesson 7: Video 1
  • Lesson 7: For Student
  • Lesson 8: Understanding Fake News
  • Lesson 8: Video 1
  • Lesson 8: Video 2
  • Lesson 8: Video 3
  • Lesson 8: For Student
  • Lesson 9: Clickbait and Deepfakes
  • Lesson 9: Video 1
  • Lesson 9: Story & Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 10: Simon Says It's Fake
  • Lesson 10: For Student
  • Critical Thinking/"Fake" News Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Critical Thinking/"Fake" News Quiz Key
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Stereotypes and Media Representation
  • Unit 4: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 4: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 11: Seeing Stereotypes
  • Lesson 11: Video 1
  • Lesson 11: For Student
  • Lesson 12: Stereotypes All Around Us
  • Lesson 12: Video 1
  • Lesson 13: Selling to Stereotype (2 Parts)
  • Lesson 13: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Visual Literacy
  • Unit 5: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 5: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 14: Before There Was Photoshop
  • Lesson 14: For Student
  • Lesson 15: Every Picture Tells a Story
  • Lesson 16: Spot That Photoshop
  • Lesson 16: Video 1
  • Lesson 16: Video 2
  • Lesson 16: For Student
  • Lesson 17: Food Takes Center Stage
  • Lesson 17: Video 1
  • Lesson 17: Video 2
  • Lesson 17: For Student
  • Stereotypes and Visual Literacy Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Stereotypes and Visual Literacy Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: Sexting
  • Unit 6: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 6: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 18: Let's Talk About Sexting
  • Lesson 18: Video 1
  • Lesson 18: Fillable Form
  • Lesson 19: Sexting, Just Say No
  • Lesson 19: Video 1
  • Lesson 19: Video 2
  • Lesson 19: For Student
  • UNIT 7 LESSONS: Digital Leadership
  • Unit 7: Teacher Guide
  • Unit 7: Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 20: The Power of Social Media
  • Lesson 20: Video 1
  • Lesson 20: For Student
  • Lesson 21: Trolls, Lurkers, and Upstanders
  • Lesson 21: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 22: Emerging Technologies and Ethical Thinking
  • Lesson 22: Video 1
  • Lesson 22: Video 2
  • Lesson 22: Video 3
  • Lesson 22: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 23: Are You a Consumer of a Producer Now?
  • Lesson 23: Video 1
  • Lesson 23: Fillable PDF Form
  • EXTRA UNIT: Research Skills
  • Lesson 24: Using Filters & Operators (2 parts)
  • Lesson 24: For Student
  • Lesson 25: Search Like a Pro
  • Lesson 25: Video 1
  • Lesson 25: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 26: Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Lesson 26: Video 1
  • Lesson 26: Video 2
  • Lesson 26: Video 3
  • Lesson 26: Video 4
  • Lesson 26: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 27: How To Cite Right
  • Lesson 27: Video 1
  • Lesson 27: Fillable Form
  • Lesson 28: Let's Review! Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain
  • Lesson 28: Video 1
  • Lesson 28: For Student