Initially, I mainly discussed the ethical and moral issues regarding social media within the educational system, through earlier years of schooling. I primarily observed how social media has changed and influenced the educational system.
(Best Master’s In Education, 2013)
Originally, I looked at how schools can better educate students on how they should navigate social media to prevent possible scandals or future issues upon reflection and due to recent events, I feel that social media companies should take a more aggressive stance on how they intervene upon people’s posts/ actions to reduce the presence of damaging content.
Looking at a story that only happened a few days ago wherein which a man live streamed the killing of his daughter through Facebook.
Although not directly linked to the topic at hand this type of content on Facebook means that many people of all different age groups are exposed to graphic content. Furthermore, the reason I address this area is because although people have the right to free speech Facebook is a private company with the ability to prevent content like this from circulating across their platform. (M.Dunn, 2011)
Similarly looking at cyber bullying although Facebook is not solely responsible to prevent cyber bullying removing complete anonymity from their platform may reduce the possible effects of cyber bully as people cannot hide behind a false identity. Thus, better protecting younger users throughout the internet.
(Common Sense Media, 2013)
Through a combination of reduced anonymity and increased teaching regarding the dangers and misappropriation of social media to young people I believe to an extent we reduce the number of ethical issues across social media. As I have stated in my previous posts allowing complete anonymity for people means they detach their online identities from their real-world identities. However, given the current technological landscape, we have seen in past how an online identity can severely damage someone identity/ reputation. We have seen this many times such as issues with Justine Sacco (J.Ronson. 2015) and Scott Bartosiewicz. (AP. 2011)
In conclusion, there a multitude of ethical issues and dilemmas that cannot be addressed with a one size fits all approach. Many issues must be handled differently through a variety of methods and must be acknowledged and address by both educators and those that run social media platforms.
(Best Master’s In Education, 2013) – http://www.avatargeneration.com/2013/07/the-use-of-social-media-in-school/
(J.Ronson. 2015) – https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html?module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Magazine&action=keypress®ion=FixedLeft&pgtype=article&_r=2
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