Unit 5 – Question 1

UNIT 5 – Question 1

Share with us your top 5-10 code of ethics statements for using technology in the classroom or your professional workplace.


I have learnt a lot of interesting knowledge through Unit 5. The topic ‘Cyber Ethics’ that I have been familiar with for a long time, but now I have just realized that I did not understand fully in details. This Unit helps me realize that many things I did not practice ethically. The followings are the code of ethics statements that I commit to apply on my professional work place and in my classroom as well, from now on. All the 9 meaningful statements followed are the rules that I have read on the internet

The first is ‘Take care of technology equipment.’ It means with malware and viruses running rampant, students must learn to watch what they download, click and share.

The second is ‘Explore appropriate and safe sites for learning and research.’ Many websites contain inaccurate or false information. Teachers can provide a list of approved websites. Students need to learn how to evaluate websites and assess whether they can trust the content.

The third is ‘Copyright law, Fair Use Act and Creative Commons matter.’ I should make students learn how to copy and paste without realizing the copyright implications. Understanding copyright and related laws will help ensure students follow the rules in using and sharing content.

The fourth is ‘Help prevent cyberbullying.’ It says the anonymity of the internet and not seeing faces makes it easy to “say” things one would not utter in person. Teaching students about cyberbullying requires discussing not only its definition but also how hurtful and damaging it can be. Give examples of cyberbullying and encourage students to report any cyberbullying incident to teachers, counselors, administrators or their parents.

The fifth is ‘Self-image is important.’ It means without seeing faces, people can easily overshare in a digital world. Kids need to learn how future employers look up candidates’ social media accounts to see how they represent themselves in public.

The sixth is ‘Make use of netiquette.’ I should make my students understand that netiquette comprises the rules of an online community. Sloppy writing in online forums, device distraction while in conversation, and sending of unsolicited emails are a few examples of poor netiquette. Learners need to understand what makes good and bad netiquette and why.

‘Always give credit to original source.’

All the cyber ethics code statements above are the rules that I must apply strictly to my professional workplace and in the classroom. These useful statements I have read from Christopher McGilvery, an Angelo State University lecturer. He recommends one approach that can help teachers demonstrate and guide students in learning how to use technology ethically. (Ethics for Technology Use in the Classroom (nwmissouri.edu)

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