Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology
Help your kids navigate a tech-filled world
Discover why Cyber Civics is so important as you learn about digital citizenship with this free 5 day course!
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 over 40 US states, the UK, Canada, 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!
Most parents worry about how much time their kids spend online. Research shows that over 50% of kids think they spend too much time online too! Digital citizens understand how to maintain a healthy balance with tech.
A good online reputation helps kids get into college and land the jobs of their dreams! According to Kaplan Test Prep, more than two-thirds of colleges (68 percent) say it’s “fair game” to review an applicant’s digital reputation. Nearly one in ten colleges surveyed said they had revoked an incoming student’s offer based on something they found online. Good digital citizens know how to craft an awesome online reputation that can open doors to future opportunities.
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 cybebullying 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.
Maintaining healthy and positive relationships via all the ways they connect-- texting, social media apps, or when playing online games—is one of the most important capacities we must instill in young digital citizens. They should also know how to communicate appropriately and respectfully online, and to never engage in hate speech.
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.
What the American Academy of Pediatrics and leading experts suggest is the right amount of screen time as well as best practices on introducing tech.
How to maintain a positive and authentic digital reputation and why it’s so important.
What to do if your child sees or experiences cyberbullying as well as how to be an “upstander.”
How to maintain positive online relationships as well as how to protect your personal information.
Tried and true activities that prepare your children to be a safe, wise, and smart digital citizens.
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What people are saying…
"I actually just completed the Cyber Civics course and I must say it is really good. Very simple, easy to follow and yet powerful messages. The best thing about the course is that it is not too long. It just goes direct to the point. Thanks for creating this :)"
Founder of Kids N Clicks
"My kids were spending hours in front of their screen each day. I knew I had to do something. This course showed me I do not need to ban technology, but have conversations with my kids about how they use technology. This has made all the difference. Thank you for the refreshing reality check, I needed it." :)
"This course offered practical tools to help kids prepare for some of the scarier realities of the online world. It encouraged me to help my kids use technology thoughtfully, responsibly, and in balance with real life. I absolutely loved learning this information.