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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Ethics in using Social Networking Sites

Values Education Theme: “Ethics in using Social Networking Sites (SNS)”

            Our daily lives revolve around technology and most of us can’t imagine going a day without logging on the internet or using our mobile phones. Social networking has become a norm in our society, with websites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and many more holding a unique and vital role in our daily lives. 
            The idea behind social networking is to enable us to hold better contact with friends and family, advertise establishments, artists or products and connect with new people. Social networking has without a doubt contributed to many positive things, but is it also affecting us negatively? 
            Five key issues are at stake in the new social networking media - identity, privacy, ownership and authorship, credibility, and participation. These issues decide the social and ethical responsibilities of the person that using the services of social networking sites.

Seven Tips for Avoiding Ethical Lapses When Using Social Media

  1. Every person that using the SNS should be aware about their rights and moral responsibilities.
  2. Respect the authentication and privacy of those members that are using SNS.
  3. Beware of fake profiles and cautious while responding to friend requests. 
  4. Avoid making false or misleading statements. 
  5. Do not disclose privileged or personal information as you cannot judge your friends.
  6. Be cautious when communicating with unrepresented third parties.
  7. Step cautiously with testimonials, endorsements, and ratings. 

Discussion Question:
1.     Are youth redefining identity, privacy, ownership, credibility, and participation as they engage with the new digital media? If so, how, why, and with what consequences? 
2.     How much personal information is reasonable to share online? Are young people who share personal experiences online taking steps to protect their own and others’ identities, and are these steps sufficient? 
3.     Who is at fault when an unintended audience can read a young person’s revealing blog or MySpace page? 
Fr James Kozhimala