Digital Etiquette and CollaborationDigital Citizenship
Computers and the Internet You use computers all the time. Now, most people think that computers are better and easier to use than things like pen and paper. Almost all the time, we also use the Internet when we use the computer. The Internet is a huge network that connects millions of computers.
The first electronic computers were made around the years 1940-1945, and each of them was the size of a large room. The first laptop that was sold to people was the IBM PC Convertible, and it was introduced in 1986, around 24 years ago. It was called a laptop because it was so light it could sit on people’s laps.
Digital Citizenship We should always use the Internet and technologies like cell phones and computers wisely. Digital Citizenship can be defined as knowing how to behave responsibly and appropriately when using technology.
The Nine Elements The Nine Elements, added together, make up Digital Citizenship. They are: Digital Access ---For everyone to participate with technology Digital Commerce ---To buy and sell things online Digital Communication ---To exchange information online Digital Literacy ---To know how and when to use technology Digital Etiquette ---To act online how others would expect you to. Digital Law ---The legal rights and restrictions for technology Digital Rights & Responsibilities ---The rights you have online, and the way you should act when you have them. Digital Health & Wellness ---To know how to stay healthy and well while using technology. Digital Security ---- The things you must do to stay safe online.
Digital Etiquette Digital Etiquette, or how you should act and behave online and when using things like phones, is a big issue. Many problems can occur if we are not careful when we talk to other people online, because people’s feelings can get hurt and it can cause arguments.
When you are on the internet, it might not seem important to act appropriately. This might be because you don’t know the people you are communicating with. Some people act very differently online, because they can hide behind a username. You should always remember that it is just as important to act politely online as it is in person. Digital Etiquette is more than just being polite, it is also about how you communicate.
Acronyms and Emotions An acronym is a few letters or numbers that represents a word or sentence. There are some more well-known acronyms like: LOL ---Laugh Out Loud TTYL ---Talk To You Later BRB --- Be Right Back G2G --- Got To “2” Go
The Problem With Acronyms Most of the younger people use acronyms, and it is okay to use acronyms when talking to your friends who understand them. However, it is sometimes impolite to use acronyms when you are talking to adults. This is because some adults do not know what the letters stand for, and they can get confused and annoyed because they would not understand what you are saying.
Emotions There are many different emotions which are easier to understand than acronyms. But, when you use their keystrokes, it gets confusing. For example: :) = :( = (a) = :@ = Emotion Keystroke The top two emotions are more known, (the sad and happy face) but the angel and angry face keystrokes aren’t, so people might not know what you mean.
Good Digital Etiquette Do you practice good Digital Etiquette when you are talking to people online? It is important to behave well and be polite and considerate when speaking to people online or when posting comments, because while you may not know the people their feelings can get hurt.
Examples of Good Digital Etiquette If you don’t agree with someone’s idea, don’t type a comment. If you have to, or if they ask you to tell them what you think of it, suggest ways in which they can improve it, or say what you think of it in a polite and gentle way. If someone has a different opinion on something, don’t say that their opinion is wrong or stupid. Opinions can never be right or wrong. Just say what you think, and give reasons politely. If you see someone posting mean or hurtful comments to someone else, tell the person in charge. If there is no one in charge, politely ask the person to stop posting hurtful things.
More Good Digital Etiquette Ask permission before you post things online if they aren’t yours. For example, if you want to put a picture online and your friends are in the picture, ask them if they mind. Don’t write in all caps, because when you write in all capital letters online it is considered yelling.
Cyber-Bullying Cyber-bullying is bullying on the internet, or with emails and text messages. Cyber-bullying can include sending mean messages/emails, posting embarrassing pictures, being rude to someone online, and more. Even though cyber-bullying is not a physical attack, it can cause a lot of damage.
Bad Digital Etiquette Bad Digital Etiquette can hurt people’s feelings. Cyber-bullying, for example, is bad Digital Etiquette. Bad Digital Etiquette can also confuse and annoy people; when you use acronyms or emotion keystrokes or all capital letters, some people don’t understand.
Examples of Bad Digital Etiquette If someone has a different opinion than you, and you say that theirs is stupid or ridiculous. It is bad Digital Etiquette to call people names. It is not right to post information about other people (secrets, photos) without permission. It is not good Digital Etiquette to constantly use acronyms and emotions in formal emails and messages. It is impolite to yell, so it is bad Digital Etiquette to write in caps.
More Bad Digital Etiquette If you don’t like someone’s idea and instead of helping them, you put them down by saying hurtful things. It is, of course, extremely bad Digital Etiquette to cyber-bully.
Feelings of People How people who are experiencing bad Digital Etiquette feel can vary greatly. Sometimes, if you aren’t clear because you use acronyms and emotions, people can get irritated and angry. However, if you cyber-bully, the effects can range.
Cyber-bullied People People who are cyber-bullied can become depressed, sad, they can have lower-self esteem, and they can even feel scared or horrible all of the time. Sometimes, cyber-bullying affects people physically as well. They can get head-aches, or even nausea.
Stop it! If you are being cyber-bullied, or if you know someone who is being cyber-bullied, it is very important that you try to stop it. First, try ignoring the emails or comments. If that doesn’t work, delete them without reading them. If they continue, inform an adult like a parent or teacher, or the people responsible for the website.
The Net Gen Norms The Net Gen Norms are behavioral and attitudinal characteristics, that differ this generation from their parents and elders. There are 8 norms: *Freedom *Collaboration *Customization *Entertainment *Scrutiny *Speed *Integrity *Innovation
Collaboration & Etiquette Collaboration means working together. Using collaboration with Digital Etiquette is very important. If we work together to achieve good Digital Etiquette, the Internet and websites would be a better place. We use collaboration when, for example, we need to stop a cyber-bully. When you have to work with people from other schools using things like Wikis, you have to use good Digital Etiquette but you also have to collaborate, or you won’t get anything done.
Summary It is important to use good etiquette when using technology. You need to be polite, and kind, and respectful. Bad Digital Etiquette, like cyber-bullying, can hurt people’s feelings. We need to work together (collaborate) and use good Digital Etiquette.