DIGITAL ETHICS: 6. Courteous Online Behavior

Subjects: Digital Literacy, Ethics & Communities
Grade Level: All
Source: Cable in the Classroom

The Internet has its own set of the informal rules and etiquette, called "netiquette." When you don’t know the rules, you can easily create misunderstandings and unintentionally insult others. Good netiquette helps children communicate online clearly, courteously, and more safely.

  • Written for children in elementary and middle school, the Boston Public Library's Netiquette For Kids describes eight golden rules for online behavior.
  • Adults can get an overview of appropriate conduct with the Ten Core Rules of Netiquette.
  • Netiquette 101 for New Netizens includes guidelines for good netiquette, using emoticons and learning online acronyms, and includes links on safer chatting, instant messaging and other online activities.


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