DIGITAL ETHICS: 1. What is Digital Ethics?
A better alternative is to take a proactive approach: teach them how to make the best use of these resources while avoiding the negatives. That's where media literacy and digital ethics come in.
- Media literacy teaches kids how to think about media so they build their ability to analyze, evaluate and create media.
- Digital ethics teaches behaviors that help students while using digital media. They learn how to be: ethical, courteous, safe, and productive.
Digital ethics is more than simply an Acceptable Use Policy,* although that’s a great place to start. It is also known as cyberethics or cybercitizenship, defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as "a code of safe and responsible behavior for the Internet community." Students practicing digital ethics use media appropriately and respect their own and others' privacy and property.
* Acceptable Use Policy (AUP): a set of guidelines for appropriate use of school computer networks. Most school districts have AUPs in place, but if yours does not, here's one good example.
Related Tools & Resources
Digital ethics is all about teaching ethical, courteous, and productive behavior while using digital media.
Here are five steps to get you started.
Sites to help you learn what to look for and how to teach your students to avoid plagiarism.
Useful information and online resources about copyright .
Today’s kids are more than simply users of media and technology; they’re also creators.