As people connect to the internet in more social and interactive ways, it is important to carry out online relationships responsibly. As students become creators of digital content they need to be aware of creative credit and digital copyright. They also need to be aware of identity theft and ways to protect their personal information. Exploring a digital dilemma gives students the opportunity to make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and to try out possible solutions to scenarios through role-play, stories and mini games – all without risking their real-world reputations.
This sequence was developed by Cathy Lamb and James Lloyd from Clayfield College in Queensland.
Flow of Activities
Now more than ever we connect to the internet in more social and interactive ways. It is important to carry out online relationships responsibly.
In previous years, students will have learned about the importance of their digital footprint and how to behave in a way that is socially acceptable online.
At this level focus on the ‘social’ side of things, such as language, humour and acronyms when interacting online.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used across many applications including social media sites. Automatic face tagging is carried out by an AI recognising images from its database. Natural Language Processing interprets text and speech. It is possible to have an AI application that alerts a user of potential cyber bullying.
Explore an Artificial Intelligence application that simulates checking text say for example those from a social media post.
‘Phishing’ is a type of scam where you receive an unsolicited email or correspondence that asks for your personal details in some way. This then allows the scammer to fake your identity.
The types of websites you visit reveals much about your online behaviour and also provides an opportunity for companies to gather and collect your personal information via the websites. Companies of these websites often sell your information.
As students become creators of digital content they need to be aware of creative credit and digital copyright.
Copying and pasting material without citing the creator is plagiarism.
Make students aware of this issue, explaining that the hard work and creativity of others should be respected. Plagiarism is a common issue as some people regard the internet as a free-for-all.
Learning about copyright helps students to understand the rights of others, as well as how to protect their own work when sharing original works online.
Connecting to the internet increases the likelihood of having to deal with digital dilemmas; for example, unintentionally upsetting someone when posting a comment on someone’s social media site.
Exploring a digital dilemma gives students the opportunity to make good (and not-so-good) decisions, and to try out possible solutions to scenarios through role-play, stories and mini games – all without risking their real-world reputations.
This type of activity helps students to think about ethics.
Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI has potential to be an integral part of systems across many industries and transform the way we do things. This technology though, needs to be used carefully and thoughtfully. What are some of the challenges we face when implementing AI systems? How can AI be used for good? How do we ensure fairness for all? AI systems need to be safe and reliable. We need our personal information and privacy protected. These are all ethical considerations that must be part of the development and lifecycle of an AI system.
Analysis of AI systems provides a context for evaluating information systems. It provides an opportunity for students to explore ethical understandings and apply these to a real world application.