"Sure there are some bad things happening online (with kids), but what the data shows us is that it comprises just a small percentage of online activity... with education we can make it even smaller."


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Cyber Civics Featured in Outside Magazine

September 01, 2018

Diana Graber’s eldest daughter was in eighth grade in 2010 when her school had its first cyberbullying incident. It was nothing major—just some kids being mean to each other on Facebook. But to Graber, who had recently finished a master’s degree in media psychology and social change, it was a missed opportunity for a teachable moment. So she started visiting her younger daughter’s sixth-grade class to talk about digital citizenship. Two things became clear to her. 

Cyber Civics Featured on the Today Show!

March 22, 2018

As Facebook comes under fire for privacy breaches, these Cyber Civics students learn about online privacy, how to balance the time they spend online with offline pursuits, and much, much more...

In the Trump Era of Fake News, More U.S. Schools Are Teaching Media Literacy

September 11, 2017

CBC News paid a visit to Journey School to see a Cyber Civics lesson on "media literacy" taught to 8th grade students...without using technology. In this lesson, educator and Cyber Civics founder Diana Graber has students using C.R.A.P.P. Detection skills to evaluate stories that recently appeared in the news. Watch Video Here.

Cyber Civics: Building a Brighter Future, One Classroom at a Time

May 29, 2015

Graber’s program has great timing for schools that must integrate digital literacy training to align with newly adopted Common Core standards, which require students to not only learn how the Internet works, but how to use it responsibly and safely.

Even Digital Natives Need Digital Training- EdWeek

October 21, 2015

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. "What has been a small investment has paid off tenfold," says Shaheer Faltas, the Journey School principal who instituted the program.

Why Digital Citizenship is a Vital Part of Education- Verizon News Center

August 10, 2015

With the rise in awareness of such digital behavior as cyberbullying, inappropriate photo posting, and other regrettable or even dangerous web activity, it's never been more important to teach kids how to behave with integrity, empathy and self-awareness online. To understand the latest strides in digital citizenship education, we spoke with two of the country's top experts in the field: Diana Graber, co-founder of CyberWise, a digital hub of educational resources, and creator of CyberCivics™, a digital citizenship program now being taught in schools, and David Ryan Polgar, an Ed Tech expert and co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Summit, which will take place in October.

Digital Literacy Yields Test Gains, Better Behavior- District Administration Magazine

August 20, 2015

Test scores have improved and online bullying incidents have been virtually eliminated at a California school that added weekly digital literacy instruction to its curriculum five years ago.In response to an online bullying incident in 2010, parent Diana Garber and Journey School, a public K8 charter with 400 students in California’s Capistrano USD, created the Cyber Civics curriculum for the middle school grades.

The Real Parenting Lessons of the 'Child Predator Social Experiment'- CNN

August 20, 2015

Graber, who teaches "cyber civics" to middle schoolers, said the video points to the need for more teaching of digital literacy and citizenship in schools, which would mean more ongoing conversations not just about predators, but about topics such as online privacy, reputation management, sexting, cyberbullying and more.

Media Matters- Better Homes and Gardens

January 01, 2020

Computers should stay in the common areas of the house so you can monitor what kids are viewing. "Also avoid computer use an hour before bedtime," says Diana Graber founder of Cyberwise and Cyber Civics, a digital literacy program for middle school.

Digital Literacy Classes Raises Other Test Scores- Social Network Radio Station

June 22, 2015

There’s some fear of the unknown for parents, because their kids are growing up in a world so different from the one they grew up in. Although that was true for an earlier generation or more, dangers seem to have multiplied. Principles of human behavior, though, Diana Graber emphasizes, haven’t changed although the tools available have. Focus on the behaviors, and you won’t have to keep up with every new tool.

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