Students must learn to watch what they download, click, and share, and to take care of technological equipment. Many websites contain inaccurate or false information. Therefore, students need to learn how to evaluate websites and assess whether they can trust the content. Students learn how to copy and paste without realizing the copyright implications. However, understanding copyright and related laws will help ensure students follow the rules in using and sharing content.
The anonymity of the internet and not seeing faces makes it easy to “say” things one would not utter in person. To help prevent cyberbullying, teachers should teach students about cyberbullying, including discussing its definition and how hurtful and damaging it can be. Additionally, educators should give examples of cyberbullying and encourage students to report any cyberbullying incident to teachers, counselors, administrators, or their parents. Similarly, without seeing faces, people can easily overshare in a digital world. Students need to learn how future employers look up candidates’ social media accounts to see how they represent themselves in public.
Like citing references in term papers, students must learn the importance of using online citations to respect copyright laws and eschew plagiarism. Teachers can incorporate assignments that use digital tools in the classroom, allowing students to learn how to use technology responsibly, with teacher oversight, remembering to be effective, thoughtful, and ethical digital creators.
The rapid pace of technological advancement makes it challenging for people to evaluate the ethical ramifications of their actions in the digital space. Understanding ethical issues of technology in the classroom and remembering TECH SMART helps students become ethical citizens in a digital world.
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