Unethical Behavior of Youth in the Internet Environment

By Dan Bouhnik and Mor Deshen.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This research examined adolescents surfing characteristics and their behavior in the internet environment. A questionnaire relating to the subject was distributed among 1,048 high schools students in the 7th – 11th grades in secular and religious public schools in Israel. The questionnaire examined immoral behavior on the internet, such as harassment, plagerism, downloading of movies and falsifying personal information. Differences were found relating to gender, religious characterization, years of surfing experience and daily surfing time. About half of the youth who answered the questionnaire reported exposure to pornography, a quarter of them accidently and most of them over the internet. A clear dependency was found between exposure to internet pornography, gender, religious definition and internet experience. Most of the net surfing is done from the home or friends homes on computers without sieve programs. Many of the youth report high involvement in immoral behavior over the net. The parents and the educational system must be provided with tools to enable them to instruct the children on proper internet behavior.

Keywords: Network Harassment, Assuming False Identity, Plagerism

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.109-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.867KB).

Dr. Dan Bouhnik

Lecturer, Information Science, Jerusalem College of Technology, Ramat Gan, Israel

Dr. Dan Bouhnik has a background in high-tech in command and control systems, as a programmer, systems analyzer and as projects manager. He also served as a general manager of education systems. Today, is a faculty member of the Jerusalem College of Technology and of Bar Ilan University and focuses research on issues relating to long distance learning, such as: thinking types, thinking dispositions and student assessment. Also researches ethical issues relating to the proper use of the Internet, specifically by adolescents.

Dr. Mor Deshen

Lecturer, Information Science, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Dr. Mor Deshen serves as pedagogical deputy manager of a large school network in Israel. Involved in the development of educational programs and teacher training. Completed PhD in 2011. Today, lectures at Bar Ilan University in the Information Science Department.

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