The rules of the Net

What is Netiquette?

Netiquette is a term derived from the words ‘Internet Etiquette’ or ‘Network Etiquette’ and refers to the do's and don'ts of online communication. Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal "rules of the road" of cyberspace, from email to blogs, social network sites to discussion boards and even text messages.

Importance of Netiquette

  • User protocols have developed for language and signs in chat rooms and discussion boards, but not everyone has the same level of computer literacy.
  • It is more difficult to determine another person’s meaning or intention when we cannot see or hear them.
  • Social network sites, blogs, discussion boards and emails can provide a permanent record of your comments, which can be used as part of a complaint process.
  • Comments you make online or in emails, or images you post, may be accessible for decades, even when you think they are private.

Rules on the Net

  1. Remember the Human
  2. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
  3. Know where you are in cyberspace
  4. Respect other people's time and bandwidth
  5. Make yourself look good online
  6. Share expert knowledge
  7. Help keep flame wars under control
  8. Respect other people's privacy
  9. Don't abuse your power
  10. Be forgiving of other people's mistakes
  11. Do not forget that nobody is anonymous over the internet. The IP addresses are recorded for security purposes and we shall not hesitate to retrieve them to reprimand those who threaten others or who do not show any respect towards others.
  12. These rules are designed to ensure a respectful and pleasant communication environment.
  13. Have fun

Always remember the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated

Netiquette for Young Students