There are many situations students and teachers may encounter while using the internet and digital technologies and uncertain what is ethically, legally, or technically right. Cyber-ethics provides some guidelines or decision making steps that will help you avoid the pitfalls.
Kids do not recognize the consequence from neglecting the rules of cyber-ethics. While the internet may seem a vast space where certain activities may go unnoticed, it is possible to trace any illegal activity to a single user. There is not so much anonymity on the internet. Teachers and school board officials need to teach kids the rules and dangers of unethical and illegal activities on the internet.
The Center for Internet Security provides some basic rules for cyber-ethics.
Number One: Do not do something in cyberspace that you would consider wrong or illegal in everyday life!
Considerations When Determining Responsible Behavior
Do not use rude or offensive language.
Do not cyberbully.
Do not plagiarize.
Do not break into someone else’s computer.
Do not use someone else’s password.
Do not attempt to infect or in any way try to make someone else’s computer unusable.
Adhere to copyright restrictions when downloading material from the Internet, including software, games, movies, or music.