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Digital Etiquette - By Jillian Armstrong

Digital Citizenship:Element 5::Digital Etiquette

What is digital etiquette?

"Digital etiquette or netiquette as it is sometimes called, is a basic set of rules you should follow in order to make the internet better for others, and better for you. It's just as important to treat people with courtesy and respect online as it is in real life."

9 Elements of Digital Citizenship

Digital Etiquette is only one of the 9 total aspects of the term "Digital Citizenship."

1. Digital Access = full electronic participation in society

2. Digital Commerce = electronic buying and selling of goods

3. Digital Communication = electronic exchange of information

4. Digital Literacy = process of teaching and learning about technology and the usage

5. Digital Etiquette = electronic standards of conduct or procedure

6. Digital Law = electronic responsibility for actions and deeds

7. Digital rights and responsibilities = those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world

8. Digital health and wellness = physical and psychological well-being in a digital world

9. Digital Security = electronic precautions to guarantee safety

Why is Digital Etiquette important?

Being aware of how we act and what we post on the internet is very crucial in today's society. I remember that even in middle school, students were bullying others and even posting inappropriate pictures. Yes, at age 13!I was one of those students that was bullied and actually still am today. Typing may seem like a simple, easy, and harmless thing and the "post" button may be tempting, but students and adults need to step back and think before posting. Future employers, coworkers, family, friends, etc can see everything that one says and posts upon entering the digital world. Even the "delete" button cannot save someone once it has been posted because screenshots can be taken immediately and saved forever. One inappropriate picture from years ago to even a negative and hurtful comment, can cost someone their friendships, jobs, relationships, and career. This element of Digital Citizenship should definitely be addressed more in schools, especially at young ages that way students are aware of the consequences early on and can also be "upstander" to better the community.