I love to be online. I love playing games. I love watching YouTube videos. I love social media. I am also very aware of the dangers that being online presents but when I was younger I had no idea about online safety. I had never heard of phishing, online scammers, and I definitely didn't know that people would try and steal information, cause addiction, or trick me into being unsafe. I learned some of those lessons the hard way.
This online class is an introduction to 5 different aspects of being smart online and keeping your information and your family's information safe.
Day 1: Evaluating Media and Biases: What's real and what's not and how can you tell?
Day 2: Protecting Your Online Identity and Recognizing Scams.
Day 3: Online Safety: Learning the Tricks and Tactics of People Who May Want to Hurt You.
Day 4: Recognizing and Dealing with Cyber Bullies (and How Not To Be One!)
Day 5: Gaming Addiction: Some Games Want You to Game More and Spend More and They Hire Psychologists to Help Create Addiction.
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Nicole Pauling, M. Ed.
I specialize in fun and sometimes scary history. I love to tell a good story. I love to create a tale in such a way that you are drawn in and you don't necessarily realize that you are sitting in a classroom. I also love to laugh. I love to be creative and design opportunities for students to connect to other students. I am a foster parent, mom, serial entrepreneur, artist, case worker, author, mom, and teacher.
Educationally, I have degrees in Sociology, Psychology, philosophy, and criminal justice and I recently completed my Master's in Education program and am getting my history certifications. I have run a domestic violence shelter, worked on mental health in a hospital, and did drop out prevention. I worked in the "field" for over a decade before going into business for myself.
A lot of my work with children has involved teaching them how to evaluate, plan, and use logic to understand the world, events, and consequences. Critical thinking is a skill that I encourage and like to build into my classes as well as flexible thinking as both are essential life skills. I am also a published author and have been writing books, poetry, and for newspapers and magazines for over 30 years. I am a certified Common Sense Educator and have training in internet safety and working with students on digital citizenship.