What has the digital world become?
By Kayla Bray | Being a Digital Citizen
Technology is advancing every minute of every day but are we getting left behind?
Being a digital citizen, one must know the digital etiquette, security and privacy laws and principles. With a click of a button…suddenly we are connected to everyone in the world, on our cellphones, laptops, tablets etc. What we choose to do online is the problem. Technology is new, so learning what to do and what not to do might have skipped a few people in the years when we didn’t think it was necessary to teach people about netiquette.
Netiquette – [net-i-kit, ‐ket] – Rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, especially the Internet. (Anon, 2017)
An example of this could be cyberbullying. People don’t realise that when you post something about or to someone on the internet that they are still speaking to an actual human with human feelings and it does take a psychological toll on someone just as face-to-face bullying would. (Smith, 2011) The consequences of cyberbullying depends on the victim as they can press charges such as “acts of harassment, intentional infliction of emotional pain, negligence and vicarious liability.” (NoBullying – Bullying & CyberBullying Resources, 2016)
A girl in Milwaukie, Oregon was targeted in an Instagram page which was labelled “A Hate Page for the Ugliest Girl in Rowe Middle School.” It affected her so much that her mother pulled her out of that school. Her mother feared she could have done something to herself as she believes that many victims of cyberbullying do. (Willis, 2017)
Mistakes happen on the internet but always make sure that you proof read your work and authenticate your sources because it could offend people and destroy your personal or business image as well the trust of your customers or people in society. The fact that you didn’t do that could mean you didn’t care enough.
A few examples of this is from: (DeMers, 2016)
- “American Apparel accidentally tweets a national tragedy. Back in 2014, American Apparel used an image of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster in a bid for a Fourth of July promotion, believing the image to be of fireworks. Immediately, the social media world took notice and began to criticize the company for the error. American Apparel retracted and apologized for the tweet, stating that a person too young to remember the incident posted it, but the damage was already done. They came across as ignorant and insensitive, and lost a sizable chunk of their following.”
- “Delta misunderstands geography. Shortly after a World Cup match between the United States and Ghana, Delta posted images celebrating the teams, with a giraffe and the Statue of Liberty. There was just one problem—Ghana doesn’t have giraffes. Citizens of both Ghana and the United States were quick to address the ignorance of the image, and Delta offered an apology in return. This is one case where a quick fact-check could have avoided the entire scenario.”
Having the power to do something, doesn’t mean you should. (Smith, 2011) A 21 year old, (Philipp Budeikin) created an app called Blue Whale which is an app that potentially helps someone to kill themselves. He claims it is his way to cleanse society. (Mann, 2017) The app consists of 50 days of tasks such as waking up in the middle of the night to harm yourself. He created something that made depressed teenagers give into their depression instead of helping them. He is being held in St Petersburgs jail. About 130 people have died in Russia already. (Brown, 2017)
As a society we need to make sure that we know what is appropriate for the internet and that if we post something we should know that it could affect people and that it will remain there forever.