Topic 5 – Code of Ethics

Top 5 Code of Ethics Statements:

  1. Work Computer/Network = Only for work.

Always assume EVERYTHING you do, search, visit, or view on a work/school computer and network is recorded and available to others. Personal Social Media, Email, and internet browsing should be kept to your personal devices and internet connections to protect your privacy.

  1. If you didn’t make it: cite it.

Just because something is a digital item or product does not lessen its value as intellectual property. Just as pirating films or music is frowned upon, using information or digital creations without acknowledgement is ethically wrong and can lead to negative consequences. Work may be rendered invalid, content may be deleted or removed, accounts may be terminated. Always attribute the work of others to the correct and appropriate creator.

  1. Mind your (digital) step)

Our digital footprints follow us everywhere, so it is important to make sure that we are not posting anything that could get us into trouble, either with work, school, or the law.

  1. Look After grandma

Keep an eye out for scams that target older internet users. Often they are more trusting, or less cynical, than we are. So it is important to keep an eye on them and share our knowledge of Cyber Safety.

  1. Be excellent to each other

The internet never sleeps and neither does our connection to it. Cyber bullying can follow people home from school or work and can linger online for years – even if they bully has stopped actively harassing a person. There are so many tragic stories of people who have been harassed, had their private information stolen and publicly shared, and who have suffered because of it. If you witness cyberbullying – do something about it. Accounts can always be deleted and remade, but people are too important to lose.

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