ABOUT CYBER CIVICS

In 2010, Journey School, a public charter Waldorf school in California, experienced its first cyber-incident. Like so many school principals around the world, Shaheer Faltas found himself confronting a whole new world, so I offered to help (I'm the founder of CyberWise and author of "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology).

A media producer who'd just earned an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change and authored a paper New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (JMLE), I was eager to put academic work into practice. So I offered to teach digital media literacy to my then-6th grade daughter’s class. Our mission was to help students develop the life skills they'd need to become safe and wise citizens of a digital world. These skills are best taught in the classroom, face-to-face (media literacy experts agree the most important skills are social and behavioral skills!). That's how youth negotiate the social norms they take into their digital spaces.

Faltas readily agreed to let me convert weekly “Civics” classes to “Cyber Civics.” Fast forward to today... we are thrilled that so many schools are now using Cyber Civics in their own classrooms! 

Photo: Graber teaching Cyber Civics at Journey School. By Nirzhar, Business Portraits.

Cyber Civics emphasizes critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making about digital media issues... all through role-play, hands-on projects, and problem solving tasks.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Cyber Civics for Home School!

 

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  • Schools in 43 U.S. states (and internationally) teach Cyber Civics. These include public and private Waldorf schools, public schools (large and small), and all sorts of private schools (see our schools).

 

 

  • Cyber Civics was honored as a "Innovation in Education" award finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance. Founder Diana Graber is the recipient of the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).

 

  • Incidences of poor digital behavior no longer demand administrative time or attention at participating school (see testimonials below).

 

  • Test scores at our pilot school have risen consistently and significantly since the program's inception.

 

TESTIMONIALS

“Since Cyber Civics 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

Former Administrator, Journey School; Current Administrator, Greenwood School

"Teaching Cyber Civics to my 6th graders is the favorite part of my week. The program is so easy to use and teach."

Karina Salvesen

Teacher, Novato Charter School

Cyber Civics lays a strong foundation for healthy digital ethics, information and computer literacy for our children so when they face inevitable, difficult choices online, they will make the right decisions.

Dr. Paul Helfrich

Teacher, Westside Waldorf School

After seeing Cyber Civics I am happy to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully. Lessons on topics such as digital citizenship, information literacy, and media literacy are needed now more than ever. Students need these skills to prepare them for college, the workforce, and life in general.

Susan Mas

Executive Director, Charters OC

I really, really really suggest looking at these lesson plans I found them to be excellent and easily implemented. My students enjoyed the lessons and they led to interesting class discussions.

Michele Conyesr

Teacher, Stone Bridge School

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 Waldorf Teacher Training, Rudolf Steiner College

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 Albrecht

Teacher, formerly East Bay Waldorf School, now City of the Lakes Waldorf School

Cyber Civics is the best digital media literacy curriculum I've seen yet as it is developmentally based and creative.  The lessons are thoughtful, interactive and encourage kids to connect and collaborate about the very thing that has the potential of disconnecting them-- technology! As an Administrator I wanted a curriculum that was thorough, timely and reflected the true realities that kids may encounter online. The curriculum needed to be simple to use and ready to launch with a price that wouldn't break our budget. I also wanted a resource for parents and a place to access new apps and ask questions as they arose.  Cyber Civics has provided all of the above. I highly recommend this curriculum and commend Diana and her team for the creation of such a comprehensive and relevant curriculum.

Sheila Reilly

Former Administrator, Woodland Star Charter School

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Finalist for the Project Tomorrow/OC Tech Alliance "Innovation in Education" Award.

2017 "Media Literacy Teacher" Award from NAMLE

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