CyberWise is a media literacy learning site for adults who want to learn how to use digital media confidently and keep their kids safe online. The Northridge, California-based company is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art resources that help busy grownups embrace technology fearlessly.
CyberWise offers learning hubs that teach parents the ins and outs of social media, online games, and more, as well as curated digital media news that keep them in the loop. The site also provides educators with tools for teaching digital citizenship and literacy in the classroom. For adults who would like to improve their digital communication skills personally and professionally, CyberWise has developed a number of affordable online courses.
In addition, CyberWise delivers workshops for both grownups and children across Southern California. These workshops teach essential online safety and digital literacy skills in a fun, hands-on, and easy-to-understand format. Topics include cyberbullying, online privacy, fair use, and many more. The company produces customized videos and ebooks for clients as well, and has created award-winning projects for Verizon Wireless, Google, iKeepSafe, and CSLA, among others.
The CyberWise story can be traced back to 2008, when co-founders Diana Graber and Cynthia Lieberman were pursuing their MA degrees in media psychology and social change, which focuses on how media affects human behavior and how to use it to influence social change. After receiving their degrees from Fielding Graduate University, the duo started attending conferences that featured cutting-edge research about the benefits of the positive use of digital media at home, work, and school. Lieberman and Graber felt compelled to share this important information with parents, educators, and other adults, and CyberWise was born in 2011.
CyberWise was a finalist of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation, HASTAC, and Mozilla Digital Media and Learning Competition, which recognizes the most innovative uses of new media in support of connected learning.