ERIC Number: ED267226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Ethical Issues Encountered by Families in a High Tech Society.
Until recently, technological advancement was an unquestioned societal goal. Today, however, controversy and public debate are beginning to arise over a wide variety of technologies, their development, and their use. As certain aspects of technology begin to be perceived as a possible threat to our health, privacy, environment, and safety, families are being forced to assess whether the potential benefits of certain technologies justify the risks and, in the process, are being faced with significant ethical dilemmas. Because the family plays the role of a mediator between individuals and society, it is important that families be capable of making ethical decisions and be able to put the opinions of experts in proper perspective while at the same time striking a balance between their commitment to private goals and their responsibility for collective well-being. Information processing, energy, and medical technologies are among the areas that are posing ethical dilemmas for families. As practitioners, teachers of family life education programs must help families manage technology for an improved quality of life by helping their students (1) explore technological options, (2) identify personal values and goals, (3) make reasoned judgments about the ramifications of these values and goals, and (4) participate in the political process. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Vocational Home Economics Education Conference (Columbus, OH, February 1986). Light print may affect legibility.