Netiquette: Internet  Etiquette

It is important to understand that this online course is public and can be viewed by anyone and everyone.  Remember that you should only share information that you are willing to share with anyone and everyone! Below are a few rules to guide you as you respond to the course activities:

Be Nice

  • The first rule of Internet etiquette is to be nice.
  • Show respect for the opinions of others, even if you don’t agree
  • Refrain from name-calling. Avoid saying anything negative about others.

Keep Messages and Posts Brief

  • Short responses will hold other’s attention

Don’t Shout

  • Avoid using all caps in any email or post, it comes across as shouting, which is rude.

Use Discretion

  • Anything you put on the Internet can be there forever. Even if you remove the material, someone may have copied or saved it.
  • Rule of thumb to never post anything you wouldn’t want your parents, children, grandchildren or boss to see.

Protect Personal Information

  • Avoid adding anything personal such as address, phone number, social security number, and driver’s license information.
  • You don’t want to make things easy for identity thieves, burglars, and predators.

Read Before You Click “Send”

  • It is always a good idea to reread anything you type before clicking the “send” button.
  • Check for your spelling, grammar, and tone of the message.

Help Others

  • Offer your assistance to others that may not be familiar with online learning
  • Share information on proper etiquette.