Evaluating Topic 4

Whilst the majority of posts this week focused on ethical issues surrounding the use of social media within the education system, I decided to look into the ethical issues for social media use within the recruitment process as it is relevant to my current situation and tied in well with my previous posts.

At first, the use of social media by businesses in the recruitment process may seem unethical, unnecessary and an invasion of privacy, however, it is important to remember that candidates are potential employees who will be an extension of the company values and ethos and therefore it is understandable that the issue needs to be appropriately managed. With Sprague (2008) stating that individuals that post content online should have no expectation of privacy, perhaps the best way to overcome this problem is to take up multiple online identities to maintain control over your professional appearance as discussed in Topic 2.


Jodie’s post suggested that the increased integration between education and social media has created many benefits such as increased collaboration and participation of students in the classroom. However, my comment questioned whether the high use of social media within the classroom is promoting the growing problem of under-developed social skills amongst the young generation.

Holly’s post mentioned that one of the ethical issues associated with increasing the use of social media for children is that it encourages cyber-dishinibition where students behave differently to how they would in their day to day life. However, the post also stated that social media within education can encourage students to access their personal learning networks online, which is something that I have benefited from through UOSM2008.

Below, I have constructed a PowToon presentation to help illustrate my main findings from Topic 4. The video touches on the ethical issues surrounding employee social media screening as well as other issues relating to ethics of educational use of social media discussed by other students.




http://workforceverification.com/ (Facebook Fingerprint Photo)

Sprague, R. 2008. Rethinking information Policy in an age of online transparency. Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, 25:395

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/120541727497403111/ (In-text photo)



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