A love/hate relationship with BYOD
According to the Pew Research Center, a report published in April 2015 shows a staggering statistic with the use of cell phones, specifically smartphones. “Today nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 19% of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them.” Many homes have removed or not installed landline telecommunication devices and rely solely on the Internet to provide their information and media choices. The sociological change in how Americans send and receive their data has influenced not only buying habits but created a cultural stigma that has a love/hate relationship with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in educational centers and general workplace environments.
While there are benefits of having your own device in certain circumstances, organizations are reworking standard operating procedures, asking employees to sign affidavits, and terminating employees that abuse the technology privileges. The consideration in schools, especially in higher education where classes are more integrated
with the trending technology, it is vitally important for students to have their BYOD for classroom-based learning, and especially outside the classroom setting. From elementary to high school classrooms, school district administrators walk a fine line between students that abuse their BYODs and the legal ramifications of having smartphones on school grounds because they are unable to regular the content contained on private
individual electronic devices.
BYOD and business
In the office setting, personal and business information coexist on BYODs. This immediately creates a problem for businesses that want to maintain strict security control of their material. In the beginning of the technology shift from static phone lines to the universal smartphone, businesses embraced the technology. However, the corporate
issued BYOD became a serious liability when devices were lost or stolen because individuals were not necessarily responsible for the information available on the missing device.
BYOD and education
In the classroom setting, the ethical challenge of securing BYODs meant to continuous monitoring students that were disruptive to their classmates because of distractions caused by the personal devices. Not only were students using the smartphone to text during scheduled classes, some students were sharing illicit material that is pornographic in nature. Other students use their BYOD as a social media conduit; video-recording any
moment they feel is relevant to public concerns and posting these experiences on the Internet.
The continued usage of mobile technology for learning has merit, but young people have an over-reliance on the mobile phone and are sometimes unable to control irreverent behavior. It is impossible to control smartphone use in the classroom setting, teachers are under tremendous scrutiny when they either ask or take a cell phone from a disruptive student. Often students feel they have been violated and subjected to peer-pressure if the teacher used the student as an example. Some teachers even fear physical retaliation from students if they attempt to remove the BYOD from the child.
BYOD in workplaces
While the use of BYOD in workplaces can be controlled through a contractual obligation between employer and employees that directly addresses the use and abuse of BYODs at work; management is not always around and some people it is more important to be constantly connected to the social media instead of working. Employers are unable to terminate staff for BYOD use if even management misuses their devices. Eventually, the BYOD will have a place in the workplace and school that can likely be regulated by IT professionals, blocking certain data networks that are not needed during regular business or classroom hours. Nonetheless, it is the responsibility of the individual to uphold an amount of personal integrity when it comes to BYODs