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Netiquette: Manners in the Digital Age  

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What is Netiquette?

“Etiquette practiced or advocated in electronic communication over a computer network.”

[Blend of (Inter)net and etiquette.]

Netiquette. (2011). In The American Heritage dictionary of the English language. 


Netiquette in a nutshell

Netiquette is how you should behave on the Internet.

Rules, manners…these apply on the World Wide Web too..they’re not just for real life.



Things to ALWAYS Remember

While you may delete emails, photos, and posts, they can still exist on the Internet.

Something you may have emailed to one person, could have then been forwarded to dozens of people without your ever knowing it.

Don’t ever put yourself into a situation where you wouldn’t be able to fix the outcome.

Once web content is “out there,” it’s potentially out of your reach and control.


Three Netiquette Rules You Should Always Follow

•Remember the human (It’s easy to forget but that doesn’t mean you should forget that there’s a person on the other side of the screen, someone with feelings. Don’t take advantage of a situation just because you’re “hidden”)
•Adhere to the same type of behavior online that you would follow in real life (Be the same person online that you would be in real life, there shouldn’t be two people)
•Use appropriate language (Skip the profanity, etc)
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