What is Netiquette?


"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. 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 communication netiquette should be used to ensure that correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are put in place to project professionalism. Following netiquette will help you to maintain and establish positive online relationships as well as develop a positive online reputation.(Netiquette) Netiquette is also the use of emojis and how you use those emojis to depicted something happening. 

The social media take over that has started in the world has make an impact on education as well and not always in a good way. With that it has made it so that schools and businesses are making polices in the work place to help with backlash if employees say something contriversal. This is a sample policy by the American Bar Association. 


Sample Social Media Policy [May 22, 2013] rev.

Your use of social networking reflects on both you personally and the Company. The Company does not intend to restrict your ability to have an online presence nor does it mandate what you can and cannot say online. It, however, expects you to be responsible and accountable for what you post, just as if you said your posts out loud in public or published them in a newspaper. We provide these guidelines for appropriate online conduct.

Policy Guidelines:

Never post any confidential, sensitive, personal or proprietary information about the Company, its employees, or any of the Company’s customers or potential customers.

The Company’s employees that publish personal blogs must make clear to readers of their blogs that the views expressed on those blogs are personal and are in no way the view of the Company.

No employee may create an “official” Company blog, social media page, website, or any other social or online media presence without prior written authorization from either the Director of Marketing or the Executive Director.

Obey the law, including those laws governing defamation, discrimination, harassment, and copyright. Violation of these policy guidelines may be grounds for immediate termination. Please address any concerns or questions concerning these policy guidelines or any violation of them to the Director of Human Resources or the Executive Director.

Remember that posts on the Internet are immediate, permanent, and never truly private!(American Bar Association)

Cyberbullying in school has also become more previlent in school due to the use of technology. Medford Public Schools in Medford, MA has an online resource for parents and teachers to learn about the bullying and online cyberbullying policy. Cyberbullying- Medford Public Schools  



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Sample Social Media Policy [May 22, 2013] rev.- American Bar Association

Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Internet Safety- Cyberbullying- Medford Public Schools