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Digital Ethics

With technology becoming an integral part our daily lives, it is important that students today have knowledge of digital ethics.  Practicing good digital ethical behavior means using media appropriately and respecting the privacy and property of oneself and others.

We face the challenge of trademark and copyright infringement, especially when it comes to the Internet.  The copyright law of the United States states that, any original literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, architectural and audiovisual work that is fixed in some tangible medium or expression is protected and belongs to the author. Copyright laws give authors exclusive rights to their works. Often people believe that if words, images, video, etc. are on the Internet for all to see, that anyone is entitled to it and that is not true.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline.  Their program, NetSmartz Workshop, is an interactive, educational program designed for children ages 5 to 17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement.  Their goals are to:

  • Educate children on how to recognize potential internet risks.
  • Engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks.
  • Empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report victimization to a trusted adult.

Common Sense Media is another wonderful resource that provides quality instructional materials to share with students and help make digital ethics and online safety clear for students of all ages. Create a quick login to be able to access video, pdf, and other digital content to use to help students stay safe online.

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