According to Auburn University's netiquette rules:


"Netiquette" refers to Internet etiquette. This simply means the use of good manners in online communication such as e-mail, forums, blogs, and social networking sites to name a few. It is important to use netiquette because communication online is non-verbal. Most often online communication consists of reading something someone else has typed. This type of communication does not allow each person to see facial expressions, body language, or hear intonation. Because of this, messages can often be misinterpreted. By following netiquette, online communication becomes clearer. Especially in business and career related online communications netiquette should be used to ensure that correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are put in place to project professionalism. Netiquette also includes the use of emoticons (such as :) :( ;) and others) to explain an emotion. In e-mail, netiquette means not flooding someone's inbox with forwarded messages or spam mail. Following netiquette will help you to maintain and establish positive online relationships as well as develop a positive online reputation.


Netiquette also includes how to interact on social networking sites and how to address cyber bullying.

* In social networking situations, conversations should be polite, even when the poster is expressing an opinion is opposition to another poster.  Users should also not expect all communication to be given an immediate response. Recipients might not be immediately available to respond, and that is acceptable. For more on social media netiquette, check out Netiquette Pointers .


* Cyberbullying is the result of a poster who is purposely attacking another digital media user. It can manifest itself in many ways, but it is always hurtful. Watch the video below to see how cyberbullying shows up in schools.


The Cyber Bullying Virus video 


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