Imagine your high school student getting behind the wheel of your family car. What if the student has NO driver’s education, not from the family, not from a driver’s education course or school, not even understanding the regulations that surround driving a car. She knows how to start the car. He knows the difference between the accelerator and the brake. She knows that turning the steering wheel to the right turns the car to the right and turning it to the left turns the car to the left.
The student gets out on the road and, not knowing to watch for pedestrians, hits and severely injures someone. The driver, the family, the pedestrian, the pedestrian’s family, the police and the lawyers are all affected. Trauma ensues among all these parties and the tale can take a long time to end. The student learning the rules of the road first might have prevented all this.
What does this have to do with cybersecurity education, ethics or even etiquette? Posting something on offensive, abusive or provocative on a social network is a similar cybersecurity issue. All of a sudden, you have hurt feelings. Police and lawyers could become involved. People might actually cause physical harm to your child, another child or an adult. Trauma and emotional if not bodily harm is inflicted. It is not driving a multi-ton vehicle, but the damage could be very real.