The world of technology is every changing, and, as such, so is the definition of professional ethics. The AECT Standards give wonderful insight into the world of professional ethics. I wrote a paper for class about an incident that happened in my school district a few years ago. In brief, we had a substitute teacher looking at pornography while subbing. This led to him being banned from the building. What it did not do was keep him from being elected to the School Board. Feel free to read my paper for more details and my reaction.
I find it very difficult to come up with a solid definition as ethics vary from person to person. Students today are on information overload! They have so many answers that they do not know what questions to ask. Additionally, instant access to anything can create blurred lines on what is acceptable and what is not. It is my belief that districts need to come up with very clear (and perhaps overly explicit) guidelines for parents, students, and staff to see that can be modified as technology changes. This will help guide any unethical issues that may arise over time. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what the right answer is to some of the ethical situation questions. That is why I feel it is so important to have the Code of Ethics spelled out for employees.