Topic 4

A Reflection on Topic 4

How To Behave Online
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With the number of internet users continuing to grow, considering that just over 3.5 billions people are able to access the internet (internetlivestats.com), there is an increasing pressure to ensure people use the internet ethically.

Within Phil’s blog he focused on how social media generates a ‘lynch mob’ mentality in cases much like Justine Sacco, which we have explored previously. In my comment on his blog, I asked whether there was anything that could be done to help prevent this kind of attitude since it seems to do more harm than good to many individuals and it seems from Phil’s reply that this will not pass any time soon.

Similarly, Caiti’s blog explored how businesses browsing the social media of its current and prospective employees can be problematic. This again links into the familiar situation where one post can suddenly be spread like wildfire and lead to the eventual dismissal of individuals. My comment here queried whether there was anything employees could do to help stop businesses from checking their social media.

Although these blogs concentrated on a different area to mine, it is still important to note that the ethics of social media use effects everyone, not only children. Making it essential to educate internet users on how to use it while being conscious of others.

Luckily, there is something being done to educate young students on the use of the internet, with schools teaching their students how to stay safe online. However, in Ellie’s comment on my blog, it seems that a lot more can still be done to help protect those most vulnerable on the internet.

With all that being said, I still feel like there is a long way to go to establish a safe environment for everyone and that internet users behave properly.

 

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