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Cyber Civics™: Teach Level 1

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

Regular Price: $699

About This Course

This is the first level of a three-year series of weekly lessons for middle school. It is packed with 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). Tested and refined in classrooms across 45 US states and internationally, lessons meet educational standards and can be taught in the classroom or at home (in the event of remote learning). Many parents ask for students to get these lessons before they receive their first mobile device.

For more info, please 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.
  • For multiple school/district discounts, contact us.
  • For free online demonstrations or 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

  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers
  • Parent Guide if Delivering Cyber Civics at Home
  • Send-Home Parent Letter: What Is Cyber Civics?
  • Syllabus
  • ELA Standards Alignment
  • Foundational Research
  • Student Pre- and Post-Assessments
  • Student Assessment (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Assessment Answer Key
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: Becoming a De-'Tech'-Tive
  • Unit 1 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 1 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 1: De-Tech-Tive Work
  • Lesson 1: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 1 Homework: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 2: Investigating Today's Tools
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 3: How Much Do You Know About the Internet?
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Citizenship
  • Unit 2 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 2 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 4: The 5 Principles of Citizenship
  • Lesson 4: Downloadable Terms
  • Lesson 5: How To Be a Good Citizen Online
  • Lesson 6: Designing a Positive Online Community
  • Preview
    Lesson 6: Video 1
  • Lesson 6: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: Your Digital Reputation
  • Unit 3 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 3 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 7: Digital Background Check
  • Lesson 7: Video 1
  • Lesson 7: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 8: To Share Or Not To Share?
  • Lesson 8: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 9: Your Digital Billboard
  • Lesson 9: Downloadable Template
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Ethical Thinking
  • Unit 4 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 4 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 10: Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces
  • Lesson 10: Video 1 (example for teacher only)
  • Lesson 11: Creating a Code of Conduct
  • Lesson 12: How To Communicate Online
  • Lesson 12: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
  • Unit 5 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 5 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 13: Hiding Behind a Screen
  • Lesson 14: Real People, Real Feelings
  • Lesson 14: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 15: What is Cyberbullying? Digital Drama?
  • Lesson 15: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 16: Be Upstanding
  • Lesson 16: Video 1
  • Lesson 16: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 17: Take Stock, Block, Talk
  • Lesson 17: Video 1
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: Identity & Privacy
  • Unit 6 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 6 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 18: Who Am I Online?
  • Lesson 19: You Are The Words You Use
  • Lesson 19: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 20: My Self, My Selfie
  • Lesson 21: You, In Six Words
  • Lesson 22: A-Okay or No Way
  • Lesson 22: Video 1
  • Final Activity
  • Lesson 23: Final Project

About This Course

This is the first level of a three-year series of weekly lessons for middle school. It is packed with 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). Tested and refined in classrooms across 45 US states and internationally, lessons meet educational standards and can be taught in the classroom or at home (in the event of remote learning). Many parents ask for students to get these lessons before they receive their first mobile device.

For more info, please 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.
  • For multiple school/district discounts, contact us.
  • For free online demonstrations or 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

  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers
  • Parent Guide if Delivering Cyber Civics at Home
  • Send-Home Parent Letter: What Is Cyber Civics?
  • Syllabus
  • ELA Standards Alignment
  • Foundational Research
  • Student Pre- and Post-Assessments
  • Student Assessment (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Assessment Answer Key
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: Becoming a De-'Tech'-Tive
  • Unit 1 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 1 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 1: De-Tech-Tive Work
  • Lesson 1: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 1 Homework: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 2: Investigating Today's Tools
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 3: How Much Do You Know About the Internet?
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Citizenship
  • Unit 2 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 2 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 4: The 5 Principles of Citizenship
  • Lesson 4: Downloadable Terms
  • Lesson 5: How To Be a Good Citizen Online
  • Lesson 6: Designing a Positive Online Community
  • Preview
    Lesson 6: Video 1
  • Lesson 6: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: Your Digital Reputation
  • Unit 3 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 3 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 7: Digital Background Check
  • Lesson 7: Video 1
  • Lesson 7: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 8: To Share Or Not To Share?
  • Lesson 8: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 9: Your Digital Billboard
  • Lesson 9: Downloadable Template
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Ethical Thinking
  • Unit 4 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 4 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 10: Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces
  • Lesson 10: Video 1 (example for teacher only)
  • Lesson 11: Creating a Code of Conduct
  • Lesson 12: How To Communicate Online
  • Lesson 12: Fillable PDF Form
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
  • Unit 5 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 5 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 13: Hiding Behind a Screen
  • Lesson 14: Real People, Real Feelings
  • Lesson 14: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 15: What is Cyberbullying? Digital Drama?
  • Lesson 15: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 16: Be Upstanding
  • Lesson 16: Video 1
  • Lesson 16: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 17: Take Stock, Block, Talk
  • Lesson 17: Video 1
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz (Fillable PDF Form)
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: Identity & Privacy
  • Unit 6 Teacher Guide
  • Unit 6 Parent Letter w/Activities
  • Lesson 18: Who Am I Online?
  • Lesson 19: You Are The Words You Use
  • Lesson 19: Fillable PDF Form
  • Lesson 20: My Self, My Selfie
  • Lesson 21: You, In Six Words
  • Lesson 22: A-Okay or No Way
  • Lesson 22: Video 1
  • Final Activity
  • Lesson 23: Final Project