Cybertraps for Educators by Frederick S.Lane is a must read for all educators who want to know more about the dangers of the use of modern technology. The internet is a large part of our lifestyle nowadays. We use it in both our work and home for many different purposes and should be well aware of the traps and perils of it’s usage.
The twenty three chapters in the book comprises of case studies and problems that educators faced during their career relating to the use of the internet inside and outside the workplace.
Cyberloafing, Cyberporn, cyberstalking, cyberbullying and sexting are topics that are covered in detail. All these have serious repercussions for the individuals who are involved in these illegal activities. An educators career is at stake if he/she is caught guilty or implicated in of any of the crimes mentioned above.
It is one thing to be social and another thing to have your live out your life under the microscope being a “celebrity” due to the wrong reasons. Once you fall into such a trap it is certainly very hard to escape from it.
Technology and it’s accessibility can be a double edge sword for educators. It can be use for as a means to source for additional teaching material. It can enhance the learning experience for the students through the use of various online programs or apps.
It is used for stimulating interaction between students and enhancing their ability to understand certain concepts that were being taught.
All these are good and beneficial however there is a fine line between using it for good and being harmed by it’s usage.
Educators need to know where that LINE is and the need to keep certain information private and away from the prying eyes of colleagues and students.
Whatever we put out in the WWW has to be seriously scrutinized before we press the button publish.
I found this book a thought provoking read and it really shows the dark side to using online social media and having a public online profile as an educator.
If you are interested in reading in detail about the various Cybertraps do grab a copy of Cybertraps for Educators from Amazon.
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