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12 Ethical Principles to Ensure Students' Safety Online

Posted Dec 29 2010 6:49am
I've been reading Doug Johnson's blog from a while. This particular post struck me and had me reading it some more time. Nor I was slow to read, neither the post wasn't clear enough, it was the interesting information contained in there.

First, Johnson’s 3 P’s of Technology Ethics: 1) Privacy - I will protect my privacy and respect the privacy of others; 2) Property - I will protect my property and respect the property of others; and, 3) a(P)propriate Use - I will use technology in constructive ways and in ways which do not break the rules of my family, church, school, or government. This a textual transcription, but I'll ask you to discuss with your students specially No. 3.

Secondly, the way he argues the school should not only install Internet filters but 'show due diligence' to ensure that once the students are at their own outside school, they can safely navigate de WWW. However, he says teachers are to proactively work with students to show them the path
    1. Articulate personal values when using technology.
    2. Stress the consideration and application of principles rather than relying on a detailed set of rules.
    3. Model ethical behaviors.
    4. Build student trust.
    5. Encourage discussion of ethical issues.
    6. Accept the fact students will make mistakes.
    7. Allow students personal use of the Internet.
    8. Reinforce ethical behaviors and react to the misuse of technology.
    9. Create environments that help students avoid temptations.
    10. Assess children’s understanding of ethical concepts.
    11. Educate our students and ourselves.
    12. Educate your parents about ethical technology use.

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