In modern times Information Communication Technology (ICT) has become ever-present in life.

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In modern times Information Communication Technology (ICT) has become ever-present in life. Sometimes it feels as though it is encroaching on daily routine but the advantages it offers in both personal and working life are prodigious. This essay will examine the impact ICT currently has, on private life and at work. The issues arising from the developments of these technologies will also be given consideration. Furthermore legislation relevant to ICT will be examined to ensure there is adequate protection to keep us safe from the risks inherent in the ICT product. ICT is an umbrella term that refers to the wide array of technology that has been developed to give access to, receive or send information through telecommunications. These…show more content…
The impersonal nature of ICT can impact on life in sinister ways, for instance, cyber bullying occurs when electronic devices are used to harass and intimidate another person. Typically this occurs through social network sites like Facebook and Twitter. The perpetrator can hide behind the anonymous veil provided by the internet to prey on their victim. The anonymity afforded by ICT can cause the bully to act more threateningly than they would in person knowing they are unlikely to be traced. (Rouse, 2010) As well as the mental anguish caused by internet misuse, physical health problems can develop impacting on a person’s wellbeing. In the workplace, legislations designed to protect the individual from these problems exist. The body of legislation that protects people in the workplace is the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. The concept behind the Act is to put in place measures that minimise the risk of accidents, illnesses and hazards to the employee. In the case of the ICT worker this Act protects them from the health risks associated with the use of computer workstations such as postural ailments and repetitive strain injuries. The Act states “employers have a statutory duty to evaluate health and safety at workstations with particular reference to eye sight, physical difficulties and mental stress”. (National Safety, 2014) This study of the design of the workplace is called ergonomics. This Act also
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