NETIQUETTE KNOW HOW:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN YOU ARE ONLINE
Amber Morris ~SHSU~LS 591
The Internet is so huge that it is important that we know
some rules and guidelines that will help us enjoy the time
we spend exploring.
The Internet is also very real. It sometimes seems that we
are alone as we sit in front of the computer screen.
However, we must remember that there is a person on the
other end. We need to use our best manners or etiquette
when on the computer. The term for this is “Netiquette”.
Here are some important safety rules to
remember as you surf online.
What are they saying?
It is hard to know what someone is saying on the computer.
They can’t hear your voice or see you to understand the
meaning of what they are reading. You may not have meant
to be rude but it comes across that way. To help out, use
Remember the Golden Rule.
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
The person on the other end of the computer has feelings just
o Respect the rights of others.
Everyone has rights on the Internet just as they do in the real world.
If someone is bullying you in day to day life you tell a parent or an
adult. It is the same with the Internet. If someone is bullying you
with emails that make you feel uncomfortable you must tell an adult
o Don’t flame.
A flame war is when people try to hurt each other with emails. It is
not right and it is rude to send offensive emails. These can get out
of hand and start a flame war. If someone flames you. Do not even
respond. Let your parents or and adult know. Being involved
in a flame war can get you into trouble on the Internet.
o Obey the rules.
When you are on the Internet, you must follow the same rules
that you do in your everyday life. If it is against the law in the
real world, it is against the law on the Internet.
You are responsible for the things you say and do while you sit
in front of your computer. Do not spread rumors, take things
that are not yours, or hurt others.
o Respect the privacy of others and yourself.
Secrets are important on the Internet. Do not give others your
password, full name, addresses or interests. These things are
o Do not use ALL CAPS.
If you use all caps, it makes others think you are SHOUTING!
o Be brief.
Time is important. Say what you need to say and then stop. There
are acronyms/ abbreviations that you can use for common
phrases. Check them out.
oLeave a good impression.
Just like your teachers tell you, spelling and grammar are
important. Check for errors before you send.
Remember that you were once new to the Internet ,too. Take the
time to show someone what you know. It will be big a help to
them. Just be patient.
A way to show others how you are feeling on the
Internet is to use smileys or emoticons. They are
made up of keyboard characters.
Give them a try when you send an email.
:-) happy :( sad or angry
:-x not saying a word :| grim/ straight faced
:-o wow! ;) wink
:-D laughing :’( crying
:-* kiss :-# embarrassed
0:-) angel 0/ 0 high five
When you don’t want to type too much, use these
acronyms and abbreviations for common words and
phrases. They are fun and catchy!
ASAP- As soon as possible OTOH- On the other hand
BBL- Be back later OTT- Over the top
BRB- Be right back FOC- Free of charge
BTW- By the way GMTA- Great minds think alike
CUL- See you later IOW- In other words
F2F- Face to Face J/K- Just kidding
JAM- Just a minute ROTFL- Rolling on the floor laughing
JAS- Just a second RUOK- Are you OK?
LOL- Laughing out loud TIA- Thanks in Advance
OIC- Oh, I see TTFN- Ta Ta for now
TEST YOUR NETIQUETTE KNOW HOW
Here is a quiz to see if you can
remember some of the tips
that were discussed earlier.
Put your mouse over the correct
answer and click.
1. What does the acronym FOC
a. Frogs are cool
b. Free of charge
c. Free of crime
2. What is netiquette?
a. A game you can play on
b. One of the parts of the
c. The manners and
behavior you show on the
3. Why should you not use all
caps when typing an email?
a. People might think you are
screaming at them.
b. It doesn’t look good when
you type in all caps.
c. It can ruin your computer
4. When do you share your
personal information on the
a. When someone asks you for
c. Only when they are your
5. What is a flame war?
a. A war fought with flaming
b. A fight between a girlfriend
and a boyfriend.
c. When angry people try to
hurt each other with cruel
6. Why is it important to remember
the Golden Rule when using the
a. It helps you work the computer
b. It is always important to
c. There is a real person with
feelings on the other end of the
computer you are using.
7. What does this emoticon
mean :-x ?
a. I am a pirate.
b. X marks the spot.
c. I am not saying a word.
8. What do you do if someone is
bullying you on the Internet?
a. Tell your parents or an adult
b.Just ignore it. It will stop.
c. Send ugly emails right back to
9. Why should you help
someone learn how to use
a. So they will stop annoying
you with questions.
b. It gives you warm fuzzies.
c. Someone taught you.
10.Whatdoes the acronym JAM
a. Jam is delicious.
b. Just a minute.
c. Listen to some music.
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