Here are a few questions I would ask middle school students at the start of their course in Computer Education:
- How can I find what I need on the Internet, and sift it out of the millions of websites that I find?
- How can I judge how valuable information is?
- How can I judge if it is true or not?
- Is it OK to take someone's picture without permission?
- Is it OK to take a teacher's picture without their permission and change it with a graphics program, and post it on the Internet?
- Can we say anything we want about someone?
- Can we write anything we want about a person / people on the Internet?
- How can I tell what is true and what is not on tv/in the newspaper / on the Internet?
- What should I do when I find that something on the internet is not true, but is being reported as true?
- What should I do if someone writes something about me that is not true on their website?
- What is the difference between a person expressing something that is an opinion that I don't like / agree with, and what is a lie?
- What are the possible effects about writing something that is not true about someone else on the Internet?
- Are there things that I should not openly reveal about myself on the Internet?
We should not shy away from these things in schools. We should prepare our students for them.
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