Cyber Civics for Home USE & SMALL GROUPS

During COVID-19 we are offering our in-school program for home use at 50% off. Use the code stuckathome2020 at checkout (below). 

Whether you are a home-school family, a small community group, or a parent who wants their children to benefit from lessons on safe and responsible digital tool use, you can get the same comprehensive program that schools in over 40 US states (and internationally) use to conduct these lessons at home with your children (and their friends...up to 10!).

"How great it was to not have to plan these lessons myself - usually I have to do all the hard work and, apart from a few tweaks to adjust for the fact we weren’t in a group - I could pretty much pick up the lesson plans and go.” -Cathy Wall, Home School Parent

"As part of a small home school group we were so excited to find your program! It was easy to teach and we all learned just as much as our kids! Thank you so much for making it available at such a great rate for home school families." -Sheila Eckhart, Home School Parent

What is CYBER CIVICS?

 

Cyber Civics teaches essential digital literacy skills to middle school students. It is packed with sequential activities that call on critical thinking skills, ethical debate, and decision making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-playing games. It covers "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate, responsible, behavior with regard to technology use), "information literacy" (knowing how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use online information), and "media literacy" (using critical thinking skills to analyze media messages).

 

It grew out of published, academic research and has been tested and refined in classrooms across the U.S. for nearly a decade. It can be taught without technology (experts widely agree that the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills). It scaffolds important digital literacy topics so they make sense to young people.

 

Many parents want their children to experience these lessons before they receive their first mobile device.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Subscribing gives you access to over 75 sequential lessons and activities (downloadable PDF's), videos, guides, and ongoing support for one full year.

  • Resources are always current and kept updated in order to keep up with an ever-changing digital world!

  • You'll receive a monthly newsletter announcing new lessons and resources.

  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

About This Program

 

Launched in a public Waldorf-inspired public charter school (Journey School) in 2010, Cyber Civics™ is now taught in all types of schools, after-school programs, and by home-schoolers across 44 US states and internationally. It has received national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" award finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder was awarded the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). A book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story.

 

 

 

“Since the Cyber Civics classes 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, Journey School Administrator

 

"After seeing Journey School's Cyber Civics program presentation and learning more about it, I am pleased to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully."

 

-Susan Mas, Executive Director, Charters OC- an initiative of Innovators OC and the California Charter Schools Association

“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, 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 Albright, City of Lakes Waldorf School

 

"We know that digital-citizenship education works. The Journey School in Aliso Viejo, a small Southern California city, is an example of a digital-citizenship success story. Since instituting a three-year middle school series on digital citizenship, information literacy on evaluation of online sources, and media-literacy courses to teach critical-thinking skills around media texts of all kinds—music videos, film, print advertising—the school has nearly eliminated bullying and behavioral issues and significantly boosted standardized-test scores."

-Education Week, July 2016

"Cyber Civics is the best digital media literacy curriculum I've seen yet as it is developmentally based and creative."

 

-Sheila Reilly, Administrator, Woodland Star Charter School

 

"Since cyber-life is imperative to a child's future, isn't it about time to demand that schools implement Cyber Civics classes?"

 

-Online Safety Expert Sue Scheff, in "Digital Citizenship Is a Important as Potty Training: Let's Start Cyber Civics In All Schools

 

“If a Cyber Civics or digital literacy class is offered in your school or community, sign the kids up."

Kelly Wallace, CNN, in "5 Things To Think About Before Buying Your Child a Cell Phone"

CURRICULUM

(For a free online demo, contact us)

LEVEL 1:

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

(learn more here)

UNIT 1: Becoming a De-"Tech"-Tive*

UNIT 2: Citizenship

UNIT 3: Your Digital Reputation

UNIT 4: Ethical Thinking

UNIT 5: Cyberbullying & Digital Drama

UNIT 6: Identity & Privacy

LEVEL 2:

INFORMATION LITERACY

(learn more here)

UNIT 1: Learning Balance

UNIT 2: Online Safety & Security

UNIT 3: Searching the Web

​UNIT 4: Your Personal Information 

UNIT 5: Copyright| Fair Use | Public Domain

​​​UNIT 6: How To Use Wikipedia

LEVEL 3:

MEDIA LITERACY FOR POSITIVE PARTICIPATION

(learn more here)

UNIT 1: Living in a Participatory Culture
UNIT 2: Calling on Critical Thinking
UNIT 3: "Fake" News
​UNIT 4: Stereotypes & Media Representation
​UNIT 5: Visual Literacy
​UNIT 6: Sexting
​UNIT 7: Digital Leadership
UNIT 8: Final Project Prep


THE FINAL PROJECT

 

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

2017 "Media Literacy Teacher" Award from NAMLE