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The Significance of Network Ethics Education in Japanese Universities: A Global Citizenship Education for Building a Moral Community in the Globalized Network Society

The Significance of Network Ethics Education in Japanese Universities: A Global Citizenship Education for Building a Moral Community in the Globalized Network Society
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Author(s): Tetsu Ueno (Oyama National College of Technology, Japan) and Yasushi Maruyama (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 9
Source title: Ethical Technology Use, Policy, and Reactions in Educational Settings
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kadir Beycioglu (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1882-4.ch011

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Abstract

Cell phone abuse amongst Japanese school students, including sex crimes and bullying, are commonly managed with filters and phone bans. Many believe these measures are more effective than moral education. Japanese teenagers therefore enter college without moral education in the Internet society, which can cause problems on campus: students plagiarizing from the Internet, or posting anonymous defamatory messages on bulletin boards. Japanese universities address these problems ineffectively. Problems are caused by both student ignorance of network ethics and moral immatureness. Therefore, it is insufficient to provide only information ethics knowledge; students require a citizenship education to learn to build a moral community in the globalized network society. Here, the authors examine the effectiveness and difficulties in the practice of educating students to be moral subjects in such a society. Students are encouraged to debate ethical and practical issues, to express ethical remarks, and to understand the impact of their remarks.

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