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As part of the IT Conduct ethics units students will need to research and review the literature in terms of legal and ethical decisions and trends that affecting them with the use of social networking sites and the impact they may have on employment as well as admission to higher education institutions. These articles will serve as reference and insight to help students shape their opinions and attitudes in terms of posting content on social sites that could be detrimental to their reputation and ultimately their ability to enter and advance in educational or employment opportunities. The articles with descriptions are listed below.


Questions of Conduct by Michael Lindenberger
This article addresses student use of social networking sites such as MySpace and their rights or lack of rights regarding free speech as viewed by private schools and universities. In the venue of ethics this article serves as a reference for students to debate if individual rights are being violated as the institutions and government involves itself in filter student material on theses sights that are not in accordance with conduct and behavior policies set forth by the institutions. This information could be implemented as part of a general class discussion in face to face and online classes. Students could use this information as a reference when stating their position on this topic.

Reference:

Lindenberger, M (2006, November, 30). Questions of Conduct. Issues in Higher Education, 23, Retrieved April 9, 2009, from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/detail?vid=4&hid=6&sid=c5dcb1be-2996-4bc6-bb52-352556390f4e%40sessionmgr9&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=f5h&AN=23339551


Online Social Networking Issues within Academia and Pharmacy Education by Jeff Cain
With the popularity of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook among college students and people of  all ages, this article will helps students address some of the problems these sites pose to individuals which includes the danger to students’ privacy, safety, and professional reputations if proper precautions are not taken and if content deemed inappropriate were to be discovered on ones networking site. This information could be implemented as part of a general class discussion in face to face and online classes. Students could use this information as a reference when stating their position on this topic.

Reference:

Cain, J (2008, February). Online Social Networking Issues Within Academia and Pharmacy Education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education;, 72, Retrieved April 9, 2009, from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ehost/pdf?vid=16&hid=6&sid=c5dcb1be-2996-4bc6-bb52-352556390f4e%40sessionmgr9


How to Lose Your Job on Your own Time by Randall Stross
This article describes the blurry lines between professional and private life as social networking sites permeate their way into the workplace and ultimately gain employer’s attention as to what employees are doing on their own time. Employers are also using social networking tools to screen potential employees. This information could be implemented as part of a general class discussion in face to face and online classes. Students could use this information as a reference when stating their position on this topic.

Reference:

Stross, R (2007, December, 30). How to Lose Your Job on Your Own Time . Retrieved April 9, 2009, from New York Times Web site: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/30/business/30digi.html?ex=1356670800&en=55ef6410d3cac28e&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

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