CYBER CIVICS: LEVEL 1
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Cyber Civics meets the urgent and growing demand to equip middle school students with the skills to become ethical, safe, and productive digital citizens. This turnkey program includes everything needed to deliver one full year of weekly in-classroom or at-home lessons on "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate and responsible technology use). Includes: lesson plans, slides, engaging activities, videos, parent letters w/activities, and ongoing teacher support.

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About Level 1

 

This is the first level of a three-year series of weekly lessons for middle school. It is packed with learning activities that call on critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making through hands-on projects, problem solving, and role-play, all surrounding the topic of "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate and responsible behavior with regard to technology use). Tested and refined for over ten years in classrooms across 48 US states and internationally, lessons meet educational standards and can be taught in the classroom or at home (in the event of remote learning). Many parents ask for students to get these lessons before they receive their first mobile device.

Our Story

 

Launched in a California public Waldorf-inspired charter school (Journey School) in 2010, Cyber Civics™ is the most comprehensive digital literacy program you'll find. Currently taught in nearly every Waldorf school (public and private), large and small public schools, private schools, after-school programs, and by home-schoolers, 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, Diana Graber, is the recipient of the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Her book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story.

We're fully aligned with ELA, Tech and SEL Standards, see how

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Subscription cost determined by size of school.

  • Subscribing schools/organizations receive a school-wide license with full support.

  • Any teacher at subscribing school or organization can open a private account and get access to lesson plans (downloadable PDF's), slides, videos, teacher guides, and parent letters.

  • School license extends to parents in the event of Distance Learning.

  • Always-current resources are constantly updated.

  • Teachers receive monthly newsletter announcing new lessons and resources.

  • Multiple school/district discounts offered.

  • Low home school cost.
  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

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subscriber-only CURRICULUM 

TEACHER PREP

  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers

  • Parent Guide if Teaching at Home

  • What is Cyber Civics? Parent Explainer

  • Educational Standards Alignment

  • Foundational Research

  • Student Pre- and Post- Assessments

 

UNIT 1:

BECOMING A DE-TECH-TIVE*

Students consider the impact technology has had upon society throughout history, before investigating the digital tools of today.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Home Activities

  • De-Tech-Tive Work

  • Investigating Today's Tech

  • How Much Do You Know About the Internet?

 

UNIT 2: CITIZENSHIP

Students learn the basic principles of citizenship as they explore what it means to be a citizen in the digital age.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Home Activities

  • Principles of Citizenship

  • How To Be a Good Citizen Online

  • Designing a Positive Online Community

 

UNIT 3: YOUR DIGITAL REPUTATION

Through role-play and hands-on activities, students discover why and how to take a proactive role in managing what others learn about them online.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Home Activities

  • Digital Background Check

  • To Share or Not To Share?

  • Your Digital Billboard

 

UNIT 4: ETHICAL THINKING

Students engage in activities that help them think through the ethical implications of their online actions.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Home Activities

  • Ethical Thinking in Digital Spaces

  • How to Communicate Online

  • Commenting Respectfully

  • Creating a Code of Conduct

 

UNIT 5: CYBERBULLYING & DIGITAL DRAMA 

This important unit helps students identify cyberbullying, digital drama, and empowers them with strategies to deal with and/or report online cruelty of any kind.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Home Activities

  • Hiding Behind a Screen

  • Real People, Real Feelings

  • What is Cyberbullying? Digital Drama?

  • Be Upstanding

  • Take Stock, Block, Talk

UNIT 6: YOUR IDENTITY & PRIVACY

While the Internet can be a good place to explore different ideas or personal characteristics, there can be a dangerous side to sharing too much personal information online, which is explored in this unit (also includes hate speech lesson).

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Who Am I Online?

  • You Are The Words You Use

  • My Self, My Selfie

  • You, In Six Words

  • A-Okay or No Way

 

FINAL ACTIVITY

*The term "De-Tech-Tive" from "Digital Community, Digital Citizen" by Jason Ohler.

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Level 1 Syllabus