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ERIC Number: EJ770170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Discussing Cyber Ethics with Students Is Critical
Kruger, Robert
Social Studies, v94 n4 p188-189 Jul-Aug 2003
As computers become a larger part of the curriculum, educators everywhere are being asked to take a stand for cyber ethics, the right and wrong of computer and Internet use. Teachers cannot always depend on parents to instill cyber ethics. Parents may not know or follow the rules, either. Once students understand cyber ethics, they may have a thing or two to teach their parents. Researchers report that it is never too early to introduce the topic of cyber ethics. Elementary-aged children, particularly those between nine and 12, are learning to evaluate the consequences of their actions and to understand abstract concepts. Technology ethics may one day become part of the elementary and middle school curriculum, but until it does, there are ways to cover the basics without sacrificing other planned material. Teachers can draw attention to this important issue in a way that students can grasp: (1) Teach by example; (2) Work cyber ethics into assignments and discussion; and (3) Seek cyber ethics resources. An appendix includes definitions for vocabulary related to cyber ethics and directions for two cyber ethics activities.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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