1. the correct or acceptable way of communicating on the Internet.

Digital etiquette, or “netiquette” is essential when using the internet. Social media connects everyone through Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and Tumblr to name a few. In some cases your “friends” are known to you e.g. Facebook. In other situations they are unknown to you e.g. twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Following a few simple yet essential rules can make the internet a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. Here are the two that I find most vital.

1. Never say anything online that you wouldn’t say to them face to face. 

Cyber bullying is a form of improper netiquette effects millions of people. Ask yourself, since when is it your duty to tell someone your opinions of their looks, lifestyle, or thoughts? Hiding behind the anonymity of a screen name and saying what you please without any consequences is not proper netiquette.

Check out the TV movie Cyberbully. It showcases the life of a girl who is cyber bullied which leads to serious implications within interactions with peers and her self-image. Although this isn’t a true story, it still depicts a perfect example of how a simple “joke” can get out of hand and turn into something with dire consequences.

2. Don’t post photos, status updates, or videos of someone which could be potentially embarrassing if found by an employer or by a friend. 

Once it is on the internet, it’s there forever. If you come across something which you think should not be on the internet, don’t share it with your friends. Instead let the person who posted it know what they’ve done is wrong and tell them to delete it as soon as possible.

I find these rules to be the most important when practicing proper netiquette.

What do you think?


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