SocialNetworking Ethical IssuesOnJune 14, 2017, the small community of Rockaway Township was devastated of theapparent suicide of 12-year-old Mallory Grossman.
Seth and Dianne Grossman daughter diedfollowing months of online bullying from several classmates. Mallory was your typical pre-teen who enjoyedgymnastics and cheerleading, she enjoyed making jewelry and sold them to raisemoney for Camp Good Days. Mallory enjoyed this camp because it targetedchildren with cancer and children who have lost someone to cancer. Mallory had two sisters, a brother, friends,lots of cousins, aunts and uncles. Inthe fall of 2016, several classmates at Copeland Middle School began bullyingMallory on social networks. They wouldsend her mean text messages, and post them on Instagram and Snapchat. They would give her dirty looks, excluded herfor school activities, and humiliate her often. Many of the social network messages would call her a loser and say “Whydon’t you kill yourself”.
After weeksand months of bullying, Mallory Grossman decided to take her life.Forthe past decade, social networking has had a profound effect on our society. It’s hard to imagine life withouttechnologies such as computers, gaming devices, cell phones, and othernetworking devices. Social Networking,and their associated technologies have altered our social and personalexperience of the world. Human behavior,strategic thinking, and lifestyles has seemingly transfigured the vastacceptance of social networking. Internet users are fascinated and mesmerizedby online social networking tools.
These tools are able to improvecommunication competences and social networking with endless future potentialextension. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, are the most popular socialnetworking sites that are commonly used on a day by day basis. Social network users, use these sites to networkwith their families, friends, build business relationships or meet with otherinternet users. These sites can beconsidered as the three best sites to depict how social networking changed ourway of life. Even though socialnetworking was built to improve and extend human communication, there are concernsand verges that should be considered on the ethical responsibilities. This shouldn’t be taken less in the aspect ofpriority, consideration and effectiveness towards ensuring good morality, uprightnessand virtue in human capital development.Social networking sites such as Google,Facebook, and LinkedIn have enormous number of both followers and users.
Thesesites vigorously share and advertise information in social media instantlyduring or after an event. Due to lack of consciousness upon the danger ofsocial networking, these active users are often exposed to be publicallytargeted since they are available and searchable through their profilepages. These pages contain personal identifiableinformation (PII) such as location and phone number. Furthermore, the propagationof web-enable mobile devices prompt collection of information for sharing onthese sites. Despite of its functionally capabilityand useful potential in social and development of growth in human’scommunication, there are many ethical issues in social networking that shouldbe taken into consideration.
The internet holds a lot of data and it is alwaysa serious concern for privacy issues in social networking sites. Privacy caneasily be violated, anywhere, anytime, including in online social networkcommunities. This can cause intrusion,misuse of information, interception of information, and information matching.
With the usage of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices, users are subjectto receive a data policy that might surreptitiously take advantage of user’sprivacy to legally and unambiguously target people with advertising ads. Social networking sites have become a vitalelement for modern lifestyle and communities. Even though the growth of socialmedia sites is imposing, it is strongly believed that there should be a balancebetween progression and control towards a more flourish and ethical society. In September 2017, it was reportedthat Facebook and LinkedIn are the most valued social media platforms forbusiness use. This comes to no surprise becauseFacebook has the largest user rate and LinkedIn has been created with businessobjectives, making it a perfect platform to generate leads and increaseconversion. Businesses use social networkingto:· increase visibility · build professional networks · develop relationships withcustomers · share curated links · generate new customers and boostsales Whenit comes to using business in social networking, it helps to have a list of businesscommunities that you can reference. Communities often generate revenue, lower costsor in the best situation.
Businesscommunities are self-organized network of people that have common agendas,interest, and other resources. Successin social networking for business requires a social media plan Also, it’simportant to focus on social networking platforms that customers target. TheAmerican youth are the future of our society.
They will go forward and shapesocietal norms, public policy, customers, and be our future leaders. No matter if you are searching for a formercollege roommate, a teacher, or an international friend, social networking isthe fastest way to make a connection exists than social media. AlthoughFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest are probably the most well-knownsocial networking communities, currently new websites are popping up regularlythat let people connect and interact over the Web.