Background and aims As in developed countries all over the world, the internet is also utilised in developing countries in all educational activities to increase the students’ interest and motivation at class, achieve permanence of knowledge, and keep pace with technologic developments. The purpose of this study was to determine the unethical behaviours of high school students in terms of internet use in the field of information technology as well as the factors that influence these behaviours.
Methods This study was population-based cross-sectional study. Research data were collected between February 13th and June 30th of 2012. The universe of research consisted of 900 students studying at five different high schools located in Zonguldak, Turkey, whereas 643 students (86 girls, 557 boys) constituted the actual sampling.
Results The average total score was 103.70 ± 43.71. The students scored highest in the field of intellectual property, whereas the lowest scores could be observed in the sub-aspect of security and quality. No significant difference could be observed between the students’ intellectual property scores according to their branch. However the results revealed significant differences in terms of social impact, network accuracy, security and quality, and information accuracy.
Conclusion The students’ age is influential on their unethical use of information technologies. Along with basic computer training, teachers are supposed to raise the students’ awareness with regard to ethical issues that arise from computer technologies and are of particular concern to the society, and teach them how they should act in terms of ethical problems.
Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.