Digital Etiquette

By: McKenzie Weed

What is Digital Etiquette?

The basic set of unwritten rules and procedures that all internet users should abide by. Following these rules will create a better experience for yourself and other internet users.
Digital Etiquette

The Unofficial-Official Rules

1.) Understand your context- Be respectful with any type of internet interactions. If you would not want your parents to see it then its probably not appropriate context.


2.) Double check before you hit send- Make sure that nothing you wrote could be misinterpreted. Think- is it rude, mean or sarcastic? If yes, you might not want to send it.


3.) Be the bigger person- If an online conversation is escalating, then just leave the conversation. Everything that happens online is "in the minute" and you might regret what you posted later on.


4.) Grammar- Use proper grammar when online (and always). This can help to avoid confusion and misinterpretation.


5.) Privacy- Remember to ask permission before posting anything of or about anyone.


6.) If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, then don't say it online.


7.) If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all


https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/7-rules-to-teach-kids-online-etiquette

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Where do these rules apply?

You should keep these rules in mind for anything that you do on the internet; whether you are posting in an online chat room or on twitter, whether you are commenting on someone's Instagram picture or creating a Facebook status.

Why have Digital Etiquette?

Cyber-bullying is the use of technology, typically instant messaging, to bully someone with threatening messages or intimidation.


Flaming- hostile interactions between two or more people over the internet. It usually involves profanity and threats.


Both of these things happen when someone chooses not to follow Netiquette (or Digital Etiquette). It can also lead to less serious consequences like someone getting their feelings hurt or misinterpretation of a message.

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This graph represents the percentage of teen internet users who have been bullied while using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instant Messages. Through this we can see the lack of digital etiquette in today's generation.

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