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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, knowledgeable, and empowered digital citizens. You get a school-wide (or organization-wide) license to six in-classroom lessons (no tech required!), plus videos, send-home parent activities, and full support.

About This Course

 

To meet the expressed 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 lessons.

Cyber Civics “Mini” includes six of our favorite lessons from the year-long program. Each of these are a snap to teach and will give your students 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 of $199 will be credited towards the full Cyber Civics program should you subscribe within 12 months of purchase. How awesome is that?

About Level 1

 

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, responsible, behavior with regard to technology use). This program grew out of published, academic research is covered in this RAND report and is taught in 42 US states and internationally. The entire first level of Cyber Civics can be taught entirely without technology (that's because experts widely agree that the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills). Many parents ask for their students to get these lessons before they get their first mobile device.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • The fee ($199) provides you with a school-wide license for one full year.

  • Any teacher at your school can open a private account and get full support.

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

  • If you purchase the full program within 12 months, this fee will be deducted from purchase.

  • We accept secure credit card payments (Pay Pal, Stripe) via this site.

  • We also accept Purchase Orders. For a quote or to pay via P.O. Ask us for an order form.

  • For multiple school/district discounts, please contact us.

  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

  • Please download the entire Cyber Civics™ Level 1 FAQ's.

                                              

Plus!

 

About the Founder

Diana Graber, M.A., a long-time media producer and Waldorf parent, developed and still teaches Cyber Civics™ at Journey School. After earning an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change, Graber co- founded CyberWise, a leading online safety organization for parents and teachers. As an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) she taught "Media Psychology for the 21st Century." Graber was honored with the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Her published paper: New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (JMLE, 2012) provides the foundational research for the Cyber Civics™ program. 

Graber is the author of: "Raising Humans in a Digital World:

Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology"

(HarperCollins Leadership). It is available where books are sold.

 

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

 

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, Journey School Administrator

 

 

“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

 

 

"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

 

"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

 

"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, East Bay 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

Curriculum

Take a Look
(to preview full curriculum, contact us)

Cyber Civics in the News

 

What is Digital Citizenship?

 

Why Cyber Civics?

 

Educator Resources

 

  • Teacher Guide

  • Send-home parent letters w/activities

  • Foundational Research

 

Pre- and Post- Assessments

 

  • Student Assessment Quiz

 

Lessons

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.

 

Lesson 1 [Video 1]:

We Are All Digital Citizens

 

Lesson 2: Digital Background Check

This hands-on lesson, plus a video, 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. By pretending to be college recruiters looking to award an athletic scholarship to one outstanding prospect, students learn firsthand how one’s digital reputation can impact his or her ability to succeed in college and beyond.

Lesson 2 [Video 1]: 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 selfies 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.

Lesson 5 [Video 1]: How To Be an Upstander

Lesson 5 [Video 2]: Upstander Example

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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