What is Cyber Civics? It's an easy-to-teach in-classroom (or Distance Learning) series of sequential lessons that meet a growing demand to prepare students to be ethical, safe, and productive digital citizens. It includes three levels of weekly :50 minute lessons for middle school:
Watch our short video to see how easy it is to sign up for and use Cyber Civics. Read on to learn more.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does it work?
When a school or organization subscribes to Cyber Civics, they receive a private link that gives every instructor at that school/organization access to an easy-to-use online portal full of in-classroom lesson plans, accompanying slides, videos, resources, plus support. Downloading and teaching Cyber Civics is a breeze! Every level has enough :50 minute-long lessons/activities to last an entire school year (if taught weekly).
How much do I have to know about technology to teach Cyber Civics?
Not much. The most important digital literacy skills are social and behavioral skills. These lessons can be taught entirely without tech by anyone who is smarter than a 5th grader. Your wisdom is what kids need most.
What's the cost?
The initial subscription fee for each level of the program depends upon the size of the school/organization. There is a very low annual renewal fee (for each level); this allows us to refresh the lessons (in real time), add new materials, and provide on-going engagement and support. We offer scholarships to schools that cannot afford these costs.
Downloadable, easy-to-deliver lesson plans.
Slides and student packets for every lesson. Plus, support materials and videos.
Send-home letters for parents with suggested at-home activities that align with each lesson.
Monthly newsletter that keep teachers engaged and informed.
Professional development support (including "screen-share" tutorials for teachers).
What if we don't have the time to teach weekly lessons?
Some schools use only the units that work best for them and teach the lessons when they can (we can customize a plan for you!). Plus, offer Cyber Civics Mini for schools really pressed for time.
What about parents?
We're glad you asked! Cyber Civics works best with community-wide support. That's why it includes ready-to-send-home letters with activities that families can do at home. Every activity aligns with a lesson taught in the classroom.
We also encourage parents to read "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership). This book includes at-home activities for families ("Cyber Civics Moments"). Plus there is this free discussion guide that book clubs, parent groups, and teacher study groups can use too.
Finally, please visit Cyberwise (a.k.a., No Grownup Left Behind) where we offer FREE resources and information on how to support children in their digital lives.
Do you visit schools?
Yes! We often visit schools to deliver engaging parent presentations and to give educator workshops. During COVID-19 we are offering all of our presentations virtually! Learn more here.
Cyber Civics for Homeschool
Homeschool families and groups can teach Cyber Civics too! We even offer you a special rate. Check it out.