CyberWise is a resource site for BUSY grownups who want to help youth use digital media safely and wisely. It is the companion site to Cyber Civics, our comprehensive digital literacy program for middle school.
Whoo Whoo Are We?
Cyberwise was co-founded by Diana Graber and Cynthia Lieberman who met while pursuing M.A. degrees in Media Psychology and Social Change, a pioneering field that focuses on how human behavior is affected by the media and how to use it to influence social change. They decided to apply their state-of-the-art education and 40+ years of combined entertainment/media experience to digital media and kids.
Since founding CyberWise in 2011, they've been recognized as a Stage 2 winners of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC/Mozilla Digital Media and Learning Competition designed to find and fund the most innovative uses of new media in support of connected learning. They produced and marketed award-winning projects for Verizon Wireless, Google, CSLA, iKeepSafe and more. Cyber Civics™, the middle school digital literacy program developed by Diana Graber, has been honored as an "Innovative School-Wide Program" finalist for the 2014 Project Tomorrow/OC Tech Awards and Graber received the Nat'l Association for Media Literacy Education 2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award.
Meet Our Team
"'No grownup left behind' is music to a parents's ears."
"If Cyber Civics or digital literacy is offered in your school or community, sign the kids up. If not, parerts can check out learning tools on sites such as Cyberwise.org, which offer a range of lessons on digital safey and online citizenship."
"Your presentation and resources were extremely useful to our participating educators who are anxious to implement civic learning in their classrooms. You have certainly helped them meet their goal to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become informed, engaged citizens."
-Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D., Los Angeles County Office of Ed.
-Rob Vicario, Orange County Department of Ed.
"As a librarian for a large, metropolitan system, I am called upon to assist students with digital searching & research. With limited time, limited staff, and increasing demand, it falls to parents & care-givers to follow-up with their children for continued assistance. All too often, adults cannot oblige due of their own lack of digital literacy skills. Adult illiteracy in an ever-increasing digital world is epidemic and will further increase the digital divide in future generations."
Public School Librarian
"Cyberwise is a valuable resource for any adult or child looking to expand their knowledge of web tools."
"You have done a magnificent job of taking what you know about the big picture and making it actionable--identifying a specific need and providing an imminently useable solution."
-Dr. Pamela Rutledge. Director, Media Psychology Research Center
"Cyberwise was just what I was looking for! As a parent of two young children who are on the brink of discovering the world of social media, I needed to educate myself! Your website is easy to navigate, well organized, and full of great research and information for parents who want to educate and protect their children online. Cyberwise helped me to feel confident navigating the otherwise scary world of kids and social media."
- Kelly Hardy, CO