CYBER CIVICS MINI: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP & ONLINE SAFETY LESSONS
This is condensed version of our turnkey middle school digital literacy program meets the urgent need to help students become ethical, smart, and productive digital citizens. Eight of our favorite and most effective lessons can be taught in-classroom or used for Distance Learning. Includes lesson plans, slides, videos, family activities, fillable PDF forms for students, and full support.
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About Cyber Civics Mini
To meet the need of many schools, after-school programs, community groups and home school families for a "mini" series of Cyber Civics lessons—we created this short, yet effective, series of lessons and activities.
Cyber Civics “Mini” includes six of our favorite lesson plans from Level 1 (Digital Citizenship), plus a sample lessons from Level 2 (Information Literacy) and Level 3 (Media Literacy for Positive Participation). Each is a snap to teach and will give young people the skills they need to successfully face some of the biggest challenges of the online world.
The best news? We are so convinced you will love these lessons that you will want to get our full program. So your investment will be credited towards any level of Cyber Civics should you subscribe within 12 months of purchase. How awesome is that?
What You Need To Know
Cyber Civics is packed with peer-to-peer learning activities that call on critical and ethical thinking skills developed through discussion, decision making, hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-play. It covers "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate and responsible technology use), "information literacy" (how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use online information), and "media literacy" (using critical thinking skills to analyze media messages). Currently taught in all types of schools, after-school programs, and by home-schoolers across 48 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, 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.
The program can be taught in-school at-home, or delivered remotely in the event of Distance Learning.
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Getting Started Guide for Teachers
Parent Guide If Teaching at Home
Parent Child Activities
student Pre- & Post- Assessments
Student Assessment Quiz
Lesson 1: The Five Principles of Citizenship
Becoming a “digital citizen” starts with an understanding of citizenship. This activity introduces students to the five tenets of good citizenship so that they will know how to act appropriately within a community, online and off.
Video: We Are All Digital Citizens
Lesson 2: Digital Background Check
This hands-on lesson helps students understand that everything they do online—posting photos, commenting on YouTube videos, signing up for an app—leaves a permanent and public trail that contributes to their digital reputation. Through role play, students learn firsthand how one’s digital reputation can impact his or her ability to succeed in college and beyond.
Video: You and Your Digital Billboard
Lesson 3: To Share or Not To Share?
The scenarios and their accompanying activities in this lesson help students consider how their online actions not only contribute to their own online reputations, but also to the reputations of others AND how the activities of others contribute to their own online reputations. Sound complicated? It is. That’s why kids need this lesson.
Lesson 4: My Self; My Selfie
Young people love taking and posting selfies, but sometimes they forget that these images convey a lot of information that may compromise their privacy. This lesson explores the growing popularity of the selfie by reviewing its surprising history, and teaches students what their posts might reveal about their characters.
Lesson 5: Be Upstanding!
Students learn strategies to stand up to cyberbullying, or bullying of any kind, through this lesson, video, and activity that teaches them what it means to be an “upstander.” This lesson also challenges them work together to craft a “No-Bullying Policy” for their class and/or school.
Video: How To Be an Upstander
Video: Upstander Video
Lesson 6: You Are The Words You Use
Sadly, 'hate speech" (a verbal attack on a person or a group of people, based on an identity characteristic like race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) is on the rise. Through this activity, students will learn what to do should they encounter or become the target of hate speech.
SAMPLE LESSONS FROM LEVELS 2 & 3
LESSON 7: anatomy of a results page
This lesson teaches students how to critically evaluate and identify all the elements (including advertisements) that appear on a typical search engine results page.
LESSON 8: understanding "fake" news
Because there is an urgent need to teach students how to evaluate the news they find online, especially in this age of so-called “fake” news, this lesson introduces them to the real meaning of this term, and also teaches them what “fake” news is not.
Video: What is Fake News?