We’ve created a list of what we think are the top “Internet Manners” (or netiquette) to help you and your children get to grips with behaviours that can help maintain a safer internet.
As the online world becomes a bigger part of our daily lives, it’s important to make sure we all, especially our children learn the difference between good and bad behaviour online. To get started see our top internet manners to encourage us all to make the online world a kinder place to be.
Treat others as you would like to be treated
If you wouldn’t say it to someone in person, don’t say it online
People can’t see your facial expressions or hear the tone of your voice online so don’t over-use icons and punctuation to convey meaning
Don’t make a situation worse by provoking people even more
Don’t start rumours or spread gossip about someone online
Don’t make fun of someone in an online chat
Post things that will inspire and motivate people in a positive way
Make sure you don’t create a negative environment in an online world or game through name-calling
Include people in online games and social forums, and don’t intentionally leave people out
You can’t retrieve material once it’s sent or posted online so if it might embarrass you or someone, don’t put it online
Respect other people’s privacy
Respect other people’s time and bandwidth by avoiding posting too much information
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