“Net” + “etiquette” = NetiquetteNetiquette are the manners that everyone should follow when communicating online.
Be nice and respectful Just because you can’t see someone, doesn’t mean that person can’t have his/her feelings hurt. If you won’t say it to someone’s face, then don’t feel free to say it in writing. Don’t bully. Bullying at recess is the same as bullying in an email or blog comment. Remember that everything written online is there forever, so don’t let your online footprint be one that shows bullying.
Don’t use bad language. Using bad language just proves you don’t know how to say something well. Any comments with bad language will earn you a one-way ticket to the principal.
Don’t spread rumors or lies. This is a form of bullying and is against the law. Words and writing are powerful. Treat that power with respect.
DON’T SHOUT. All caps=shouting. Use all caps like you would a highlighter—only occasionally.
Don’t break the law. Stealing from others isn’t just impolite; it’s illegal. That means files, movies, music, etc. If someone else did the work, don’t take it without asking.
Control Flame Wars. “Flaming” is when the fires of gossip get out of control and rapidly spread. Don’t get caught up in it. If someone comments in a discussion in an emotional way or in a way that breaks another rule of netiquette, don’t get involved. Report any “flaming” to Ms. Knight immediately.
Be forgiving. Everyone is new at this. Everyone (even Ms. Knight) may occasionally make a mistake, like a spelling error. Let the small things pass.
Start by reading a blog for a while. (This is called lurking.) When you feel comfortable (or when you are instructed to), join in the discussion by commenting on a blog post. Just remember that there are some netiquette rules when commenting on a blog.
Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say in person. Stay on topic. Bring something new to the conversation. Don’t be a know-it-all smarty-pants. Make your tone clear. Cite your sources with links. Don’t comment when you are emotional.
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