As citizens, we all must be ethical and share integrity, whether online or in real life. I always thought of myself as an informed citizen with ethics and integrity as part of my upbringing. Until this course, I truly understood what it meant to be a digital citizen. I am still afraid to post online, as I fear identity theft and other issues. I recall an incident when I developed a youth leadership program for my place of employment. I had a program made up before my job but worked on it during my daily duties as this was my role. I resigned from the position only to discover that the program I developed now belonged to them. They had explained that it was within their legal right to make it their property. I feel that as an educator, I am obligated to be ethical in all aspects of the education system. I must teach the students about the legalities of the online world to the best of my ability, and this course has allowed me to explore more about this subject. I still have a lot more to learn about the lawfulness of the online world. I also reflected on my professional and private life and the impacts of social media on them. one of my favorite sayings is,” I like to keep my professional life, professional and personal life personal.” I have realized that all online posts can have repercussions that could affect you in the long run and that there are no professional or personal lives when it comes to the cyberworld. I am learning about what it takes to be a digital citizen
I read the article Dylan shared and this stood out for me “Regardless of whether or not a teacher participates in SNSs, there are policies and procedures to which they must adhere to as a member of a professional association, not only for their own professional protection but also for the protection of colleagues, students, and parents. By following the specified policies and procedures for communication, teachers meet the aspects of a culture of care.”
While in Univerity, I attended an information session put on by Saskatchewan Teacher Federation. I listened to the speaker when he stated that we are professionals 24/7 and have a code of ethics that we have to follow. I leaned over to a friend sitting beside me when he said, ” they cant tell me what to do during my own time.” I believe that we should be ethical people all the time, not just during work hours.