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. Six 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 on digital citizenship and online safety—we created this short, yet effective, series of activities and videos.

Cyber Civics “Mini” includes six of our favorite lesson plans from the year-long program. Each of these are 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 this short course 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?

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

These lessons come from Cyber Civics: Level 1 which 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, all surrounding the topic of "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate and responsible technology use). Currently taught in all types of schools, after-school programs, and by home-schoolers across 45 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 or is easily delivered at-home in the event of Distance Learning.

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

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Subscription provides a school/organization-wide license for one full year.

  • Any teacher at subscribing school/organization can open a private account. 

  • Includes curriculum, video, resources, instructor support, and parent engagement tools.

  • License includes parents in the event of Distance Learning.

  • If the full program is purchased within 12 months, fee is credited towards purchase.

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Plus!

 

Testimonials

“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

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"

Subscriber-Only Curriculum 

 

Getting Started

  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers

  • Send-home parent letters w/activities

  • Foundational Research

 

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.

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