While children as young as seven have an innate belief that copying someone else’s work is wrong , students may have trouble seeing plagiarism the same way because it feels like a victimless act. If nobody is hurt then we are unlikely to feel empathy, and without that it’s hard to see something as being morally wrong.
Closely associated with intellectual property – but slightly different – is plagiarism.
Cyberbullying may be the area where parents and teachers are most concerned about kids behaving ethically. Though it’s not yet clear if digital media have actually increased how much bullying is going on, there’s no doubt that online bullying can have a much longer lifespan and reach a much larger audience than traditional bullying.
The good news is that many youth who witness bullying do something about it. Sixty-five percent of the students in MediaSmarts’ YCWW survey said that they had done something to help someone who was experiencing online meanness .
Some of the most common ethical decisions youth face online revolve around intellectual property, but teaching kids to respect intellectual property can be particularly challenging because they may not see this as an ethical issue.
It’s only recently that research has paid attention to the role of witnesses in bullying scenarios, and few studies focus specifically on witnesses. What research has been done has shown that witnesses can be just as important as targets or perpetrators in determining how a bullying scenario plays out and that witness
Intended for girls in grades 7-9, Half Girl, Half Face explores many of the online image issues teenage girls may encounter when they use digital media – particularly social networks.
These posters are freely available to print and hang in your schools, in libraries, or community centres.
A Day in the Life of the Jos is an interactive digital literacy tutorial where students in grades six to eight help the brother and sister team Jo and Josie with situations they encounter online as they go about a typical day in their lives. The modules are represented as five days in the lives of Jo and Josie, covering topics that research has identified as being important for youth of this age.