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, videos, family activities, fillable PDF forms, 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 activities and videos.
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 the full Cyber Civics program 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 thinking, ethical discussion and decision making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-play, surrounding the topics of "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 47 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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“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, Administrator at the Founding School
"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
"An excellent resource to teach students how to be safe and wise online. The activities, videos, resources, and support staff are top notch."
-Morgan Hensley, Teacher, Southwestern Middle School, Hanover, IN
"Cyber Civics lays a strong foundation for healthy digital ethics, information and computer literacy so when children face inevitable, difficult choices online, they will make the right decisions."
-Dr. Paul Helfrich, Teacher, Westside Waldorf School, L.A., CA
"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
"Our middle school students are sincerely enjoying their Cyber Civics lessons and I am absolutely loving delivering the curriculum. Thank you! What a wonderful program. The parents are so thrilled with the conversations their children are bringing home and, hands down, Cyber Civics has easily become the favorite course of our grade 6-8 middle school cohort."
-Andrea Thiessen, Middle School Teacher
“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"
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: WHAT WOULD YOU COLLECT?
This lesson, which students have dubbed "Shark Tank," is a student-favorite as it gets them to ponder the reason why websites and apps collect personal information.
LESSON 8: YOUR BRAIN ON TECH
This lesson and activity show students
how and why digital devices capture and hold their attention. Having this knowledge empowers them to make
wise choices about tech use in the future.