Young People, Ethics, and the New Digital Media: A Synthesis by Carrie James, Katie Davis, Andrea Flores, John M. Francis,

By Carrie James, Katie Davis, Andrea Flores, John M. Francis, Lindsay Pettingill, Margaret Rundle, Howard Gardner

Social networking, running a blog, vlogging, gaming, rapid messaging, downloading song and different content material, importing and sharing their very own inventive paintings: those actions made attainable by means of the recent electronic media are wealthy with possibilities and dangers for teenagers. This document, a part of the GoodPlay venture, undertaken by means of researchers at Harvard Graduate institution of Education's venture 0, investigates the moral fault strains of such electronic targets. The authors argue that 5 key concerns are at stake within the new media: identification, privateness, possession and authorship, credibility, and participation. Drawing on facts from informant interviews, rising scholarship on new media, and theoretical insights from psychology, sociology, political technology, and cultural reviews, the record explores the ways that early life will be redefining those recommendations as they interact with new electronic media. The authors suggest a version of "good play" that includes the original affordances of the hot electronic media; comparable technical and new media literacies; cognitive and ethical improvement and values; on-line and offline peer tradition; and moral helps, together with the absence or presence of grownup mentors and suitable academic curricula. This proposed version for moral play units the degree for the subsequent a part of the GoodPlay undertaking, an empirical research that might invite teenagers to percentage their tales of engagement with the hot electronic media.The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur beginning studies on electronic Media and Learning

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34 Constant connectivity can also permit relentless, around-the-clock bullying. 35 Yet these same qualities can pose problems because the lack of tone leaves status updates, tweets, and comments subject to misinterpretation. One of the most salient qualities of digital communication in relation to the focus of this book is the distance that our phones, tablets, and computers place between us. When we communicate largely by screen, asynchronously, using text, we may feel quite removed from the individuals to whom our messages and content are directed; the other, incidental audiences for what we share may not even occur to us.

The conceptual distinction between morality and ethics that I’ve laid out here is utilized throughout the book. When I use the word moral, I am referring to a disposition to care, to show empathy, or to engage a principle in one’s interactions with a known individual or a small group. When I use the word ethical, I am suggesting a more abstract consideration of the effects of one’s actions on a wider, often distant, community or public. This distinction is apt because it highlights an important challenge of the digital age: the comments, memories, and photos we share with our nearest and dearest are also often visible to a wider community of less dear friends and peers and perhaps even strangers.

42 Psychologist Jean Twenge’s body of work, including her provocatively titled books, Generation Me and The Narcissism Epidemic, suggests that individualistic personality traits have increased among young Americans in the 16 Chapter 1 last several decades. Sara Konrath’s studies on the extent of self-focused and other-focused dispositions among American college students have revealed recent declines in empathetic concern and perspective taking. 43 Related to this, we also see evidence of widespread, and perhaps growing, trends in unethical conduct.

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