Teaching Kids Online Manners

Children need to be taught that everything they say online can be misread or misunderstood.  The things they say can be hurtful and can seem rude to others.  It can ruin your reputation.  By teaching children these rules, they will learn proper "netiquette".

Rules for Online Etiquette

#1 Be respectful. While it is easier to say hurtful or disrespectful things without standing face-to-face with someone, it is important to remember that your classmates and teachers are real people who are affected by the words you say and write. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it online either.

#2  Be aware of strong language, all caps, and exclamation points. It is easy for written text to be misread and misunderstood.  Have you ever sent a text message with good intent but your recipient thought you were being rude? If so, then you’ve experienced this firsthand. Read everything out loud before you send it.

#3 Be careful with humor and sarcasm. You shouldn’t avoid being funny. We love to see your personality shine through in online classes.  But like mentioned in Rule #2, make sure that it is clear you are being funny and not being rude. 

#4  Yes, grammar and spelling matter. While texting, textspeak can b gr8 4 ur friends.  When writing online, keep it formal.  Your written communication should be professional and reflect proper writing style.  

#5  Cite your sources. Whenever you are sharing an idea that originated from someone else, it is good practice to cite that source.  This applies to discussion forums too.

#6  Don’t post or share (even privately) inappropriate material. Enough said there. Nothing is truly private online.

#7  Be forgiving. Not everyone will know these rules before posting. Be understanding of others when they struggle with written communication.  It is very different than simply talking to a person face-to-face




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