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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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 includes lessons in digital citizenship, information literacy and media literacy too. It also includes send-home parent letters with activities families can do together to support in-class lessons.
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.