Cyber Ethics: Rules for Using the Web Essay

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Cyber Ethics:
Rules for Using the Web
We all have heard of ethics. According to Webster's II New College Dictionary (1995), ethics is the rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession. As Winn Schwartau (2001) stated "ethics is also about understanding how your actions will affect other people". Cyber-ethics is the ethical decisions we make when using the Internet. We are tasked to use the Internet on a daily basis and we task students to use the Internet regularly, but to use it properly we must adhere to ethics. Ethics is not a law but your moral code. We must know how to avoid plagiarism, know the acceptable use of the Internet, and we must be familiar with Censorship in order to know what moral
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We must teach children how to use the Internet the right way. Much of what we know is learned, and the same goes for using the web. Accoring to Radnofsky and Vuko (2004) we can do these things to educate kids on cyber crimes:
Educate yourself about the dangers (identity theft, illegal purchases, hacking, cyberstalkers, scam artists, "phishers", viruses, worms...) because ignoring these computer crimes unfortunately won't make them go away. Learn the "cyber" vocabulary. There are new words out there, meaningful to your children. Make sure you understand the lingo. Talk with your kids about cyberprivacy & safety --- personal, family, emotional, physical. Talk about ethics & morality with the family. Establish an agreement as to what all of you believe, (make sure it's legal!), and stick to it. Question your children's schools and teachers as to what --- if anything --- they are doing in cyberethics. This has national standards that are required to be taught, just like standards in reading and math.
The Socrates Institute has designed "The CyberEthics Project," a comprehensive K-12 curriculum in cyberethics, for schools to use across the country. It helps to increase the students' awareness of the consequences, safety, legal and ethical use regarding the Internet and other forms of electronic
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