Being Ethical

Being ethical means doing what is right and behaving in an acceptable way.

In everyday life we know how to behave and we know when we are doing wrong.

We know it is not right to steal, to lie, to claim things as our own when they belong to someone else, to borrow something from someone and make changes to it without their permission.

In terms of using items and info from the internet we need to make sure we follow the same principles.

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Copyright for School Students

In many instances, as school students, you have a lot more freedom when using items from the internet for school assignments and assessments, however every time you use someone else's work you must go through the ethical considerations and make sure you do what is required.

A good starting point is to first check out what the "Copyright Law" means to you as a student.

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Other Considerations

Apart from copyright, and the related topic of "fair use", you also need to consider things like other people's rights (e.g. their right to privacy) and not offending others. Also you need to know how to reference any items used in your school assignments.


Respecting other rights to privacy is covered by the Privacy Act. One important part of the act is that you cannot share information about or images of others without their permission.

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Not Offending Others

Moral considerations are very important. The content of your digital outcome must not offend, upset or harm others in any way. This not only applies to the images used, but also the language and information used.

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Correct Referencing

It is good practise to include the source of any item you use from the internet. There are a few accepted ways to do this. Always do it in such a way that it does not effect the design of your digital outcome.

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