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What does it mean to have Cybersecurity in the Classroom?

In the previous article we looked at cybercrime and what it means to have cybersecurity. Your children need to be aware that cybersecurity applies to any form of interaction they have with cyberspace – even in school.

Shared computer labs are a breeding ground for innocent compromising of computers, devices, and personal accounts. This is where there are multiple users per machine weekly. In an attempt to ensure that students are protected, lab technicians ensure that the network is secure from any other platform except that which is needed for the students to complete set tasks. What you will find, then, is that specific sites are blocked and made inaccessible in the classroom.

There will also be restrictions on the use of social media and other entertainment platforms. It is not that these sites are infected. Still, the technicians are aware of the impulses of youth who may innocently click a link to browse further, and inadvertently end up compromising the system.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Since hundreds of students at all levels of education interact with cyberspace, restricting access to just what is needed, protects the student in cyberspace while they are in the care of the school, as well as the computer network in the labs. The experts can also educate children, their information technology teachers, regarding risks while online and how they can protect themselves.

One significant way in which children need not fear when they are in cyberspace in the classroom is that they have a unique username and password to access the computer. This is one security measure put in place that teachers can use to check on students as they work. There is usually a central machine that monitors each student at the various stations.

Overall, a classroom that ensures that cybersecurity is in place is one where students can feel confident that their online activity will be screened and protected. Even if they accidentally click a suspicious link or open a strange document, the built-in security programs will alert them to stay away.

What do you want your children to know about cybersecurity in the classroom?

When your children are among their peers, it may prove quite intimidating to not do as everyone else is doing. Help your children to understand that they need to listen to their teachers when they are instructed to stay off certain websites or not browse social media platforms. Help them to realize that it is for their good when there are blocks on the computer systems at school. These blocks help to keep them focused on the specific tasks they have to complete. Remind them that social media platforms and games have no place in school, and so they should wait until they are using their devices in the comfort of their home to access these sites.

Another thing that your children need to recognize is that the lab is not their computer system, but is there for all students to use. If the system becomes compromised in any way, everyone will suffer the consequences of an infected system and not just the guilty person who compromised the system. They need to be a part of the solution and respect the cybersecurity measures put in place by their school. They also need to encourage their peers to do the same, as well as discourage those who seek to defy and override the security measures put in place.

Your children also need to be aware of the danger of sharing their login information. This keeps their account secure from their peers who may choose to use their account maliciously. Some children do not understand that there must be boundaries laid down in their online interactions. Help your children to encourage their friends to respect these boundaries when they are set.

Your children also need to know that they ought not to leave their login and password information lying around carelessly. They may write it down for safekeeping if they believe they may forget it, but they need to make sure it is stored in a place that only they know of. Being that they are on a shared system, also, they need to be aware that they should never leave the computer lab without logging out of their account. The simple reason for this is again to keep them safe. If they remain logged in, another student can use that machine in your child’s account. If this happens, your child can be blamed for things they may not have done.

Ultimately, just because your children are at school, that does not mean they cannot be safe as they move about in cyberspace. As a matter of fact, they may be safer because of the restrictions on the school’s network, whereas they have better access to some pages at home. Cybersecurity at school works in their favour rather than against them.

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Anywhere where cyberspace may be accessed, cybersecurity must be present

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Cyber Security -Are we secure? – Online and Virtual learning

Online tutoring is growing fast. More money is being put into the industry, more tutors are here to adopt online as an avenue to educate from across the country and the entire globe, and more learners are using online tutors. In the US, online tutoring is approximately a $132 million market and it is here to expand, continuing to grow at an annual rate of around 6%.

 

The digital natives — people born into a civilization that’s already adopted digital equipment — crowd our schools. They want, and tutoring platforms want them, to learn in a way that finely allows them to move forward their potential as strong, informed, contributing part of an ever-changing modern society. However, there are a plethora of roadblocks that prevent faster adoption rates of online studies and even more fast growth of the industry as a sum total, than we’re already seeing.

 

The internet is a fun and exciting space for opportunity, education, knowledge, and entertainment. Our kids are continually chatting online and posting videos and photos of their daily lives, while their friends like, share, comment, and repost. But as we smile for the pictures our kids take, we mask our concern for their safety on the cyberworld. Under the guise of allowing our kids their social freedom, we do not outwardly express the risks we fear our kids may take and the dangers they face amongst the strangers online. But is this right? Should we live in constant worry and fear and let our kids stay ignorant and unaware? Lead them on under the impression that all is well while harboring great concern for their safety?

In a series of articles, we delve into a variety of topics on how to ensure our children stay safe online. From a parent’s perspective, we discuss how to raise awareness with our kids, so they are safely browsing the web even without us looking over their shoulders. As parents, it is our job to provide our kids with knowledge about cybersecurity jargon and recognizable signs of identity theft and cyberbullying. We must ensure that they are aware of the consequences of acting recklessly on social media and teach them about the boundaries to set when using these platforms.

Whether it’s browsing restrictions, identifying hackers, net etiquette or ‘netiquette’, or something as simple as setting strong passwords, we as parents should be having these conversations with our kids, so they are as aware of cybersecurity as we are. We  must seek to explore the spectrum of cyber risks we need to educate ourselves and our kids with, to ensure not only their enjoyment but their ultimate safety as well!

 

 

What’s stopping us ?

 

Security in online learning refers to strong defense from malicious or unintentional misuse of resources in online learning and protecting our children from possible online predators.

 

Even though cloud-based applications for teamwork and video conferencing software have come a very long way lately, technical issues still seem to hinder the online tutoring market.

Those tutors recurrently offering online classes said that they resolve tech problems by having some kind of backup arrangements, while offline-only tutors cited having an unreliable connection or a lack of entrance to tools as their main technological concerns.

 

Unfortunately, we would be lying if we told you we didn’t see technical errors from time to time while online. There are problems that keep coming up and we won’t deny that fact. However, the few technical errors that take place can be easily addressed.

 

What is Cyber Security?

Let’s examine the two terms ‘cyber’ and ‘security’.

Cyber has to do with technology or computers. Security has to do with not having to worry about being in danger. For example, a security system for a home would give the owners some amount of comfort in knowing that they are protected because they have an alarm in place.

Cyber Security, therefore, is a defense that is in place to protect computer systems from danger. This protection does not apply to just computers, but to anything that can be said to operate using some sort of computer system. These systems are protected from cyber-attacks such as viruses and malware.

How does Cyber Security work?

There are several categories into which Cyber Security can be divided. They are essentially categorized according to the specific function or purpose they serve. There are six popular categories.

Network security prevents attackers from invading a computer network. Information security keeps information protected and private. Application security sees to it that software is not in danger of being attacked. Operational Security involved working out the procedures that are to be used when handling data. Companies often have to use this as they handle a lot of data each day. Public Education Security makes people aware of the things they need to do to ensure that they remain secure in their cyber interaction. A straightforward lesson is how USB drives are used carelessly and may transfer viruses. Recovery Security is what has to be done after an attack. This is where the virus or malware has been successful, and the victim now has to go about recovering data that may have been lost. This still has to be done in a way where the situation is not made worse. This still has to be done in a cyber-secure manner.

 

What do you want your children to know about Cybersecurity?

First of all, help your children understand that they play a part in ensuring their security while navigating cyberspace. What they need to know is that no cybercriminal can access their computer or device without their assistance in some way. There has to be someone who clicks on the site and accidentally downloads what turns out to be malware. If your children are innocent victims, they need to know that all is not lost.

There are cybersecurity programs that protect computer systems from any attack. These programs are tasked with continually scanning and removing any malware detected. They are regularly upgraded as cybercriminals are daily coming up with newer and more innovative means of compromising computer systems. You and your child must examine the options that are available for any computer or device being used.

From time to time, there may be messages that come in which speak about upgrades to the operating system. Teach your children not to ignore these messages as there will always be new security features built-in that will help to protect the computer or device in use.

They also need to understand the importance of anti-virus and there are endless options on the market, and you can both explore them until you find one that you think suits your needs.

Encourage your children to strengthen their passwords. Too often, they use something that is easily hacked like names, date of birth, catchphrases, etc. They need to make their passwords secure. If they believe they will not remember, they can write it down or find other ways of capturing the information somewhere.

Your children always want to be online, whether or not they have data when they are on the go. In so doing, they may search for wireless networks in restaurants, malls, or any public place. Most of the time, there will be a notice that pops up saying ‘unsecure network’. They think nothing of using it just the same. But as discussed above, cybercriminals can intercept information over unsecured networks. Encourage them not to be tempted to log on. Let them know that anything so urgent that they could not wait to use a secure and trusted network, or put personal data on their device, is not worth the hassle they will encounter because of a cyber-criminal.

Ultimately, your children need to understand that you are not trying to limit their fun online; you simply want them to be protected as they browse.

Remember…

Your cybersecurity cannot sleep: cybercriminals do not.

Cyberspace is one place where there is never too much security.

 

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What Online tutoring is “Not”- Myths about Online Tutoring

Much of the world we know today has transitioned to an online platform. In the wake of this unexpected global pandemic, online is the new normal. Conferences, interviews, social events, and classes are simply one click away and can be attended from the comfort of our bed if we so please. Therefore, it is so important to embrace this new platform and welcome its services with open arms.

Of the many services the internet has to offer, tutoring has become increasingly popular amongst the lot. Though it was available much before, the pandemic revealed the true potential of online tutoring services, making it the go-to for many parents in desperate need of academic support for their children. Students seeking help outside the classroom setting are now able to access this tool with increasing convenience to supplement their studies when balancing other activities such as work and extracurriculars.

In this new digital age, online tutoring through platforms such as Learning Arena has shown to maximize students’ success by giving them individualized study tools that promote engagement in the subject material and increase retention of the pertinent concepts. Working with a qualified tutor creates a safe and open environment for students to express and overcome their insecurities and weaknesses through their learning process. This helps foster a strong sense of confidence in students’ abilities and their academics. Tutoring online has also become increasingly accessible and affordable as its quality matches that of in-person services.

While this method of learning has shown to benefit many individuals, some still have their doubts about its utility and effectiveness. Parents who are keen on traditional face-to-face learning styles are often skeptical of the services that online tutoring has to offer, claiming it’s a distracting and limiting study space. These parents are consumed by common misconceptions about online education that hinder their investment in this revolutionary academic resource. Therefore, we are here today to discuss some common myths about online tutoring and shed some light on what it actually is.

Myth #1: Online tutoring seeks to eliminate classroom-based learning.

A common misconception is that online tutoring is competing with conventional classroom-based learning styles and seeks to get rid of it altogether. This is NOT true! Rather, we are here to supplement the lessons taught in the classroom and provide extra help for individuals who need it or those who simply wish to further their knowledge. Tutors are well versed in their subjects and provide strategies to help students tackle their weaknesses in the subject material of their choice. Since these tutoring services can be accessed from any device, it simply provides a convenient way for students to ask for help outside the class where their school teacher is unavailable.

Myth #2: Online tutors simply do the students’ homework for them.

These days, many homework assignments and answers to math problems can be found with a simple Google search. So, it’s understandable that parents may believe the idea that they would be simply paying a questionable online person to do their child’s homework. However, this is NOT the case. As tutors, we are specifically instructed to SUPPORT a student’s academics by providing insight and explanations to challenging concepts rather than doing their assignments for them. Our ultimate goal is to enable our students to eventually become independent thinkers by guiding them in overcoming the obstacles they face in their academics. Additionally, we are highly qualified tutors with an arsenal of various teaching styles and vast knowledge in our subjects of expertise. Us tutors undergo careful vetting processes and interviews to ensure that we are delivering quality educational services.

Myth #3: Online tutoring is just another course that is independent from the one’s students are already taking.

While some online educational services are indeed geared towards this goal, online tutoring is NOT. We seek to provide supplemental services for our students and do not follow our own agenda and curriculum. We do not pre-make lesson plans and assign homework assignments as our students take the reins of the pace of the tutoring session. Each session is student-centered and adjusted based on his/her educational needs at any given time.

Myth #4: Online tutoring is a distraction.

In today’s world we can play a game, read a book, or send text messages from almost any technological device we own. Thus, technology can pose as a strong distraction for many young students with short attention spans, thus warding parents away from online learning. They believe that if their child attends a class online, they will be distracted with a computer game or be occupied with chatting with friends. This is NOT necessarily the case. Online tutoring is intended to be interactive, where the student and teacher are constantly engaging in some sort of discussion. As tutors, we are actively aware of the student’s level of attention and are well trained in techniques to keep students engaged. It is almost impossible for students to conduct other distracting activities since we redirect questions onto our students to engage them in critical thinking. While some platforms are only audio-based sessions, others can be video-based as well as tutors are able to visualize our students’ level of engagement and interest in the sessions.

Myth #5: Online tutoring is just glorified test prep.

The internet has many websites for test preparation which makes it difficult to distinguish them from online tutoring services. However, we are the furthest away from those. While online tutors can provide test preparation services, we do so by helping students tackle their weaknesses. We do not use a test preparation curriculum and assign mandatory practice exams. Rather, we teach our students proven strategies to help them think critically and efficiently to score on their standardized exams. But our goal as online tutors goes beyond simply helping our students get higher scores. Our students are more than the grades and score they receive and our intention is to help them make real world connections and apply their subject material beyond the classroom setting. As tutors, we enable our students to think independently to push them towards a brighter future.

While we discussed a few of the most common myths, there is a vast majority of other reasons that skeptics shy away from online learning. It is virtually impossible to bust down every misconception, but we hope that today’s discussion insightful about our online services and all that they encompass.

While we realize that there are some drawbacks to the world of online learning and the experience of education online is not the same as that of face-to-face learning, our platform is growing and expanding with advancing technology. Students are creating their own unique experiences online that may be even better than in-person sessions. Therefore, we strongly encourage everyone to embrace the internet and keep an open perspective about its numerous advantages. We believe that all it takes is a computer screen and some hard work to make a difference on your child’s education, so take a leap of faith and see what happens!

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15-inch learning- Online tutoring delivered best 1 on 1

The global online education market is projected to reach a total market size of US$319.167 billion in 2025, increasing from US$187.877 billion in 2019. Online learning provides the learner freedom to learn from anywhere, at any time, as most online educational tools are portable.
In a world where parents think of why oxygen when we have air, online classes were considered only a last option to in-person classroom lectures and courses. There exist today several options to deliver classes but a tutoring organization that delivers an online experience closest to an in-person classroom are the ones that will eventually prevail.

Learning real estate in the new normal has been diminished to tiles on our digital devices. On either side of the scale of the 15-inch marker is the beginning of the size of the classroom which we have begun to accept, although reluctantly. Online tutoring, online tuitions have been in existence for a long time where acceptance of it from a parent’s perspective has been moderately tepid.

Bringing in a brick and mortar classroom into any room in the home is a task that needs to be left to experts who have delivered quality classes 1 on 1 and have not compromised on learning standards to make children successful.

1 on 1 tutoring in a private and secure environment gives parents the freedom to sign up classes in any or all areas including Math, Science, English, Economics, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. The opportunity to upskill the children in new areas to make them future-ready also makes it a very viable option as each child will have a different goal in life. The different areas to consider to a future proof career include but not limited to are information security, data security, AI, and machine learning. When tutoring your child, it would be a good option to explore if the tutoring company can understand and provide guidance for retooling and reskilling based on options you want to consider.

Technology has over the years has enabled and reduced distance and accessibility to anything anywhere. No more rush traffic driving, no more burning fuel and indirectly protecting our environment by reducing carbon footprints allow using the scalable online technologies which deliver classes and tutoring services. This helps in ease of learning within the comfort of your current location.

There are several educational content providers, but 1 on 1 interactive sessions with a live tutor helps in customizing study plans to the child’s needs. This will drive the adoption of the online platform and eliminate the frustration in digital learning. Learning is not about memorizing but providing an opportunity for the student to learn at their pace and level. Expert tutors who can interact and collaborate with students and understand this pedagogue can help the child succeed in their learning goals.

Learning Arena, an online tutoring company in Plano provides and hires the best tutors who work with the child’s interest in mind and make learning about understanding concepts, improve critical thinking, and bridge the gaps in their understanding of core concepts.

A personal touch, classroom experience, and expertise from tutors are needed to deliver a fun, secure, and private tutoring experience.
While selecting a tutoring service for your child its imperative to look at not only the experience of the tutor but the platform for delivery of classes for effectiveness, and quality of the classes. This vastly differentiates 1 on 1 online tutoring from any other flavors of online tutoring like pre-recorded video lessons and hence makes it more engaging and a better return on investment.

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Learning arena offers live online tutoring for various curriculum.

Learning arena offers live online tutoring for various curriculum across the 50 United states. The tutoring experts and educators are well trained and boast degrees from very reputed US schools. We have been in the business of online teaching for over 9 years and have educated 1000’s of children very successfully. Excellence is our Top Priority- We do not believe in bad students. We make sure to teach at each student’s pace to place no pressure on their learning potential. We make sure every student excels at what they study.
We are headquartered in Plano, Texas with our online expert tutors located across the different states to facilitate anytime anywhere learning which is fun, easy and secure.
The options we offer to students for online classes are many and each student has his or her unique schedule, need and pace which our educators very carefully work with to provide the best results for your child.
We offer both individual and group sessions on various subjects, and we adapt our method of teaching to the learning style of the child. This approach makes it an opportunity for the student who has a customized lesson plan which helps in their goals.
Learning Arena’s online teaching pedagogue ensures that the student learns something new each time they come into class be it about their subject or how they can be secure in this world of online learning.
It’s a digital experience we at Learning Arena strive to deliver to bring it close to a class room experience by using a variety of digital tools all embedded into the platform for both the online tutor and student to use simultaneously.
Learning Arena’s exam prep tutors are experts in the domain of exam taking and have scored extremely high marks in their exams and have the tips and tricks needed to be successful in competitive exams like ACT, SAT, GRE and MCAT.
Learning Arena hiring policy ensure that we hire the most qualified and personable tutors who are driven by the passion of teaching and willing to deliver very high-quality education to make your children better citizens and well rounded as they move to choosing a career. The holistic approach which uses augmented, blended, simulated and computational techniques delivers what it takes for children to be ready in this digital world.
We use the three “C “principles for online teaching which are “Concepts”, “Critical thinking” and “Closing gaps “for well-rounded learning.
Read, Write, Speak and Listen are the core skills Learning Arena mentors, online teachers and tutors focus while teaching and tutoring. Development of these skills helps a child develop and build their cognitive abilities and improve critical thinking.
Online classes should be fun, easy and secure for your child and we at Learning Arena work with your child to give a delightful online learning experience. We are one of the best online learning companies which offer a secure, encrypted and privacy-guaranteed environment for learning.

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