Technological changes impacting human communication and the ethical issues…

Technology is a big is part of my life and many other lives, and as a result without technology I do not know what I do without it. It has come a long way in life from what it use to be to now. It impacts the way we communicate daily with others and the way we can reach others through different devices. Communication in todays society is as simple as clicking a few buttons. There no longer is mailing letters which used to be a major factor for the digital immigrants. However, now its just a simple text message or inbox message on Facebook to express words or make conversations with people. Individuals find that now there are more options that are easily accessible and user friendly (free of charge) such as Skype, Facetime, instant messenger, WhatsApp and Viber. These applications are easy, quick and more convenient for everyone to communicate. But what it comes down to is what issues associate with the development of technology? If we think about technology there is always a positive and a negative outcome of communicating through technology.

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Positive: easy assessible, connect globally, social networking, opportunity to make group calls or conversations and opportunity for businesses to work together.
Negative: cyberbullying, loss of face to face social skills, privacy issues, social isolation, school and workplace distractions and hackers using social media with hidden identity.

Two main Ethical Issues that arose within this video:

  1. Privacy:

Privacy is an issue in todays society where individuals plagiarise, copying work of others, ignore the copyright law and personal privacy of information being represented online. All these ethical issues arise at university where I as a student have to be sure that I reference my work appropriately and correctly to avoid similarity.

2. Cyberbullying:

Cyberbullying is a common form of bullying which is associated or seen through the use of technology. For example, cyber bullying could be an offensive email, comment or text, to a photo you did not want public uploaded against individuals will. This is a major factor in which preservice teachers need to take into consideration when in the teaching career. Children will use technology more often throughout there life and will be tech savvy by creating accounts on the internet whether it be for social purposes, educational or personal purposes (Lei, 2009). As teacher our role is to educate children to be a Netizen. Allowing students to be Netizen’s it encompasses them to have a responsibility to ensure that the internet is being used appropriately, effectively and responsibly to ensure that situations such as bullying does not occur (Rouse, 2005).

It is important that students are aware of the consequences and obey online ethics to avoid ethical issues that may arise in the digital world of communicating through technology.

References:

Lei, J. (2009). Digital natives as preservice teachers: What technology preparation is needed?. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 25(3), 87–97.

Rouse, M. (2005). Netizen Definition.Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/netizen

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