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Some software also provides features that prevent children from revealing personal information, such as name, age, address, phone number, or school name to online acquaintances through websites and chat rooms. However, as we know, “students’ curiosity….often enable them…..to overcome the external controls provided by filters.” (Berson et al, 1999, p.161) Filters may help protect young students in elementary school settings, but filtering should be used less in middle and high schools. Instead, having educators available to guide students through the use of the internet, answering their questions and addressing safety concerns, would be more meaningful than relying on a static software program. Inclusion of technology in any course has great potential to increase learning and expand students’ knowledge. Educators have argued that free access to a wide range of information will be beneficial, as society moves into an electronic future. Another side of the issue is that the increased use of technology is actually widening the gap between the “haves” and “have nots.” This “digital divide” implies unequal access of some sectors of the community to information and communications technology and to the acquisition of necessary skills. The main reason for the digital divide is the cost to access information on the net. The source of this cost mostly comes from: ¾ Wiring the university buildings ¾ Free internet access for students ¾ Purchasing the computer equipment ¾ Growing demand on technical employees Accuracy/Trust wordiness Although there is a wide realm of information available on the net, there is no agency monitoring “truth or accuracy of information.” There is no restriction on false information. Teachers should inform their students about the situation to protect them from citing or reading incorrect information. Inaccurate information can cause confusion in society, and even medical and legal issues. EDUCATION Teachers are important elements in the education system. Since they are responsible for the development of students, teachers need to be aware of ethical responsibilities. Teachers should be good role models for students because students learn by examples.
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124 Being a good model requires caring, compassion, sensitivity, commitment, the pursuit of truth and respect of self and others, honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, equality, impartiality, fairness, and justice (Bodi, 1998). Teachers should teach students the possible harm of not following the ethical rules while using the internet, and guide them through their use of the internet at a level appropriate to their age. This guidance should allow students to ask themselves: ¾ Is it illegal? ¾ Does it violate ethics codes?
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