Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology
Teach your students to navigate a tech-filled world.
Get Cyber Civics Certified and try seven of our award-winning digital citizenship lesson plans for free.
Learn from the experts
You’ll be guided through this course by the team of teachers at Cyber Civics, led by founder Diana Graber, a digital literacy educator and advocate, and author of “Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology” (HarperCollins Leadership). She is also the cofounder of Cyberwise, a leading online safety and digital literacy organization, and was honored with the NAMLE Media Literacy Teacher Award. Cyber Civics is the popular and innovative middle school digital citizenship and literacy program currently being taught in 47 US states, the UK, Mexico, Japan, Spain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.
What is digital citizenship?
The short answer is this. Digital Citizenship is “the safe and responsible use of digital tools.” But digital citizenship is really much, much more. Let us show you!
Research shows that over 50% of students think they spend too much time online! Digital citizens also know how they spend their time online is important. Are they producing creating content or mindlessly consuming? Are they building healthy relationships online with their peers or comparing themselves to others? These are areas we can help students look at with the help of engaging Cyber Civics lesson plans created by teachers for teachers.
Teaching students what “fake” news is (and what it is not), how to spot it, and most importantly, what to do when they encounter it is an important lesson in critical thinking. In 2016, researchers from the Stanford Graduate School of Education discovered that young people’s ability to effectively evaluate the information they find online is, in a word, “bleak.” More than 80 percent of middle-school students were unable to distinguish a paid story branded as “sponsored content” from a real news story.
An education in digital citizenship equips kids with the skills to deal with cyberbullying and digital drama. Research conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center shows that, on average, about 28% of students say they have been the victim of cyberbullying at some point in their lives. Even more will observe others being cyberbullied. A good digital citizen knows how to be an upstander to cyberbullying and what to do in the event they are the target of a bully.
Reputation and Relationships
Maintaining a positive online reputation is one of the most vital digital citizenship skills. Everything we post online (and everything others post about us) can be seen by anyone and everyone, forever. Students should also know how to maintain positive relationships via all the ways they connect-- texting, social media apps, or when playing online games. They should know how to communicate appropriately and respectfully online, and to never engage in hate speech. This course can help you help your students learn all of these skills!
What you'll learn:
What it means to be a competent, capable, and responsible digital citizen and why off-screen life lessons that build character matter most.
How to maintain a positive and authentic digital reputation and why it’s so important.
How to prepare students if cyberbullying is seen or experienced as well as how to be an “upstander.”
How to maintain positive online relationships as well as how to protect your personal information.
Ways to implement tried and true lesson plans that prepare students to be a safe, wise, and smart digital citizens.
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What people are saying…
"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."
Teacher, Stone Bridge School
"Teaching Cyber Civics to my 6th graders is the favorite part of my week. The program is so easy to use and teach."
Teacher, Novato Charter 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."
Executive Director, Charters OC