Topic 4: Schooling Social Media Ethics

Having only been out of school for two and half years which doesn’t feel very long it is interesting to identify how the digital landscape has changed about social media. I never found myself using twitter very much however the use of snapchat Facebook and BBM was incredibly relevant. However, they were almost never from a teaching perspective. Given our current digital age it is almost unavoidable to bring social media to education.29db29a5befc43796ff6c8e8b7354b06

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One of the largest issues faced at schools is cyber bullying. This is not a new concept and has been widely spoken about for many years. Out of the multiple social media platforms available twitter is the least authentic given the sign-up experience to require very little information.  It also very easy for someone to publicly demonise another person’s profile whilst hiding behind a false façade. This is not limited to students either, figures show more than 1/5th of cyberbullying is directed at teachers. When posting through a false profile there are very few repercussions although many of the false negative comments posted due to being public can be incredibly detrimental to the victims. (Paton. 2014). Given the widespread fear promoted by inauthentic social media profiles it has made many education official/teachers really question whether they should use social media or not. Furthermore it has led to expedited increase in privatising teacher’s social media accounts to prevent the spread misconduct.

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Relating this back to topic 2 regarding multiple online identities, when it comes to ethical dilemma within social networks such as twitter, I believe given the anonymity available many people would start to ignore their moral compass as they believe that they aren’t being abusive but rather an online identity is responsible for their actions.  This relates to the privacy issues brought up by Glen Greenwald within his ted talk where he goes on to talk about how there is a misconception that only those with something to hide wish to remain anonymous.

(I have trimmed this video below however for the if you wish to see the whole speech the link has been referenced. (Greenwald. 2014))

Justine Sacco’s tweet has been of relevance for me for the last few blog entries (Ronson, 2015). I have read how Justine’s online persona has become far more relevant than her actual one to the point where it has over taken her life. Tweeting through twitter with a public account provides you with a public platform. Being online does not weaken that public platform but rather intensifies it given the overall reach of twitter.

When looking at this topic I believe I cannot really summarise it in 400 or so words. Ethics is an incredibly complex and versatile issue however from my current understanding through multiple sources is that social networking if used maliciously can remove ethical dilemmas from many people given their anonymity. However if not does effective can not only ruin you online persona but also your public identity.

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References:

(Ascd.2011) – http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/policy-priorities/vol17/num04/Students-Like-Social-Media.aspx

(TeachThought Staff .2015)- http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/should-teachers-use-twitter-this-flowchart-says-probably/

(G.Paton. 2014) – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10777369/School-pupils-trolling-teachers-with-vile-abuse-on-Facebook-and-Twitter.html

(G.Greenwald. 2014) – http://www.ted.com/talks/glenn_greenwald_why_privacy_matters#t-94891

(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