Netiquette refers to the new order of manners and etiquette required to be good, courteous and responsible digital citizens. The greatest lessons we can ever teach our kids about being safe and responsible online are based on the foundations of respecting oneself and always respecting others. The basic principals of ‘do unto others as you would have done to you’ must always be adhered. Manners today however are more than the parroting of ‘please’ and ‘thankyou’s’. The very public nature of this new world ensures we need to ramp up the etiquette in order to keep up with the times.
Now of course these are just a guide and manners can differ for different contexts and different audiences. I know many people have no problem swearing online, and of course each to their own. For myself however, whilst I may drop the odd swear word in real life I am always conscious of my surroundings and the people around me when I do. As I never really know who is reading what I write, I prefer to stick to the belief that, “If I don’t want my kids to see it, I won’t publish it”. At the end of the day the manners we use online must be an extension to the common courtesy we pay people in real life. I do believe we have to be even more cautious however due to the very reflective, public and permanent nature of the online world.
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Can you think of any other behaviours that need including to ensure good manners online?