Digital media and its possible consequences call for an ethical standard to be maintained by all users to achieve peace and security in the cyber world. But since the internet has reached a global scale, how can we demand responsibility and accountability for what people put online? Truth is, it is a very difficult task. It takes a long process to detect and apprehend the persons responsible for committing cyber crimes. But let us not lose hope.
We can do something now. Aside from legal means, it is encouraged to promote digital media ethics. We can uphold ethical standards for digital media engagement and disseminate this useful information to members of our community. Let us be responsible users of the internet. We should think before we click. Users should be educated about core values and the code of ethics in using the internet.
Core values should dwell on accountability, advocacy, and social responsibility to those with access to the internet. We should spread the culture of trust and respect. There should be a standard of balance, impartiality, and knowing your boundaries. When these values and standards are in place, we can expect that there would be no invasion of privacy, no threat to security and cyberwar, and basically, people will not use the internet to harm other people. Of course, this is easier said than done. But it is a challenge worth undertaking.
Making the public aware of their responsibilities is part of computer literacy. They should also know the risks they face when engaging in digital media. Ethics has always been concerned about right and wrong. When core values and standards are in place and preserved, people have guiding principles that would direct their actions and behaviors while using digital media. In this way, people can maximize the benefits of the internet without compromising their safety and security.