Netiquette: Rules for safe interaction and collaboration on the internet
Digital Citizenship Policy Issue“It is important to realize that one’s online actions today can have a real impact on one’s online presence in the future” (iSafe, 2010, p.187). Michelle’s photo (2012)
Definitionscc licensed (BY-2.0) flickr photo by greeblie:http://www.flickr.com/photos/greeblie/3338710223/ A set of rules or standards people follow to keep the online environment pleasant and safe (Johnson, Manning & Fickelstein, 2009, p.217). It is the etiquette of cyberspace (Shea, 2011). A set of rules for polite behaviour on the internet. The use of netiquette positively affects the internet environment by minimizing rude, offensive or abusive online actions (iSafe, 2012, p.193).
Key concepts and ideas of Netiquette xt2mindmap.com/ Mind map created by Michelle using http://www.text2mindmap.com/
Key concepts of Netiquette Emoticons Emotion + Icon cc licensed (BY-2.0) flickr photo shared by Schosie http://www.flickr.com/photos/schoschie/2344945779/
Issues of Netiquette Word cloud created by Michelle (2012) using http://www.tagxedo.com//
Issues of Netiquette In 2009, 33% of 14-15 year olds agreed, ‘you can behave however you like because know one knows who you are’ compared to 20% of 12-13 year olds and 28% of 16-17 year olds’ (ACMA, 2009, p.34).cc0 1.0 licensed Public Domain DedicationOpen Clip Art Library picture drawn byEggib More than 50% of all Australian teachershttp://openclipart.org/detail/100801/netikett-by-eggib had at least one cyber-safety incident directly reported to them in 2010 [IRIS:2010] (Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet. 2011, p.5).
Current or Alternative views of Netiquette Students need to understand that their freedom to publish whatever they want online comes with responsibility and reckless posting of information about themselves and others can have serious ramifications (Lorenzo, 2007 p. 35). Freedom of speech does not equate to freedom from consequences and there are now many examples of young adults being sued or prosecuted because of careless or deliberate internet postings (Oxley, 2011).
Current or Alternative views of Netiquette In June 2011, the Australian Government released an Interim Report of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety. Schools are the key places to encourage young people to improve their own safety and online ethics (Commonwealth of Australia, 2010, p. 249).
ConclusionHow information is communicated in a person’s work, personal oracademic life is vital and goes on forever (Lorenzo, 2007, p.13).Always choose a communication medium and format that bestsupports the purposes of the product and the intended audience(Bundy, 2004, p.21).Refer to the Australian Government’s Cybersmart Educationwebsite for current advice, guidance and teaching materials.http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/
3 Questions to consider Why is netiquette important as a strategy to assist students with the challenges and risks arising from an increasingly digital environment? As a teacher, how can I model appropriate use of netiquette for my students? Where can I find further information about netiquette as new web tools, social and collaboration sites are created?
Recommended Reading1. Australian Communications and Media Authority [ACMA], (2009). Click and Connect: Young Australians’ use of online social media, 2009. Retrieved 17 April, 2012 from http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_3117972. Commonwealth of Australia, (2011). High-Wire Act: Cyber-Safety and the Young. Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety Interim Report. Retrieved 27 April, 2012 from http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representati ves_Committees?url=jscc/report.htm3. Shea, V. (2011). Netiquette. Retrieved 29 March, 2012, from http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html4. Green, T. D., Brown, A., & Robinson, L. (2008) Making the most of the web in your classroom. Chapter 4. Victoria: Hawker Brownlow Education.5. iSafe. (2010). i-SAFE Internet safety activities : Reproducible projects for teachers and parents, Grades K-8. Jossey-Bass. Retrieved 14 April , 2012, from Ebook Library http://www.csuau.eblib.com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=5430064.
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