Netiquette" is network etiquette, the do's and don'ts of online communication. Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal "rules of the road" of cyberspace.
A Digital Citizen is someone who is able to use different forms of technology, such as a computer or a cell phone, to interact well with other people in society. Just as there are rules and regulations that come along with the privileges of being a citizen of a country, there are guidelines that outline how someone should act while using technology that must be followed by those who desire Digital Citizenship. There are nine elements of Digital Citizenship: Access, Commerce, Literacy, Law, Rights and Responsibilities, Health and Safety, Security, Communication and Etiquette, the last of which is the subject of the following lesson plan.
Netiquette, or online etiquette, is a series of regulations by which those who use the internet abide by in order to make the internet a friendlier place. A person’s online manners as well as their respect for others are important for proper netiquette.
10 Core Rules of Netiquette (Willard 2002)
Rule 1: Remember the Human - just because we do
not see the face…
Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior
online that you follow in real life
Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
chatroom vs. e-mailing rumors
Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
- be concise
Rule 5: Make yourself look good online -
judged by how you represent yourself
Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
- don’t snoop
Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes -
at least initially