Week Eight

Week eight discussed the ethical and security issues and their importance. How the users are using the security tools online to communicate and interact with others socially? The importance of equitable access in the use of technology resources for all students relays on the use of the ethical and security rules. People that are not cultured and not educated sufficiently to use technology are the ones more than likely to misuse technology. Since the technology offers variety of tools and services, it’s easy for people to find countless ways to harm and insult others, as well to waste their time. Reading the Netiquette rules for online communication made me realize simple things that I would overlook otherwise. I never thought about opening emails from unknown senders, I would open it out of curiosity and delete it afterwards, but what was rally behind the actual email? I will never know now. Also, when writing the email to someone I never think about the tone I use, and maybe the fact that the tone is not present or my intentions are never to hurt or insult anybody. I mainly write emails to get things done and strictly business, I am not addicted to using technology, but it’s nice to know how to use it effectively and wisely, and that is my purpose of using technology.

Most people today misuse technology for a toy; I think that is the problem with today’s society. Educational institutions are worried about students’ development in their classes due to misuses of technology. For instance, learners are using cellphones, playing games, and surfing on some pornographic web sites and other non-suitable sites during class. At work the other day principle came to my colleague asking if she knew how to track the inappropriate website appeared on the screen when he tried using one of the laptops that our students use. Now that is scary, but chances are that it was triggered by one of the students at school. This is the proof that we have to be extra cautious and careful when it comes to using technology at home, school, or public especially in educational settings. Parents are very judgmental of teachers, and they hold them accountable for most of their children’s inappropriate use of technology.  Some students even start using cellphones at the age of ten. This isn’t a bad thing because many parents are both working including my husband and me, and we have to leave our children with a babysitter, so they need a way to communicate with their parents or vice-verse. Nowadays, children not only want to have cellphones, but also prefer to have the latest version of it. If children do not have it, they might feel ashamed with their friends and prefer to leave their old-fashioned cellphone at home; my daughter sure felt this way before we got her a phone. More importantly, how do we take control and monitor these malfunctions for the safety of the future users and our students? We can follow the rules that Netiquette has in place or monitor the use closely, we don’t want to cause the users to react negatively by creating sudden or too many rules, because sometime whoever the users might be, they might act uncontrollably under pressure. As stated in the Netiquette article we need to be aware at all times that on the other side of that screen is another human with feelings and emotions just like you.

Most people say and think that the technology is responsible and it is not good for society. However, people have to understand that this is happening because of technology misuse. As a tool, technology do not do anything to threaten the society, it is people’s misuse of technology that threatens society. The fault is user’s lack of education and knowledge of the technology use, not the technology itself.

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