Netiquette rules

As cyber-safe citizens, you will want to respect and protect yourself, others and property. This is in order to avoid leaving an inappropriate digital footprint. Here are some basic netiquette rules to follow.

When connecting online:

* Never give out too much personal information. For example, you can share interests, ideas and preferences within reason and without too much detail.
* Never use your full name, family name. You may choose to use your first name, initials or online username.
* Don't share your home phone number, cellphone number or home address that could help someone locate or contact you.
* Don't disclose any usernames, passwords, account details of any kind, especially bank account details.
* Set the privacy settings on your tools to control access to your updates, posts or profile.
* Always conduct yourself in a manner that represents a critical, thinking, responsible and caring citizen. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
* Never be offensive or use bad language. Avoid publicly criticizing or putting others down (flaming). Never be a cyber bully. Report cyber bullying to others.
* Don't accept offensive behaviour from others. Report abuse.
* Don't forward or pass on unacceptable material – delete it.
* Be cautious about messages from anyone you don't know, asking you for detailed personal information or attempting to meet for some reason. Tell someone immediately if this happens.
* Online work is NOT private. Never say anything via email, instant messaging or social network sites that you wouldn't dare say face to face.
* When sending messages in email, IM or social networking sites, remember capital letters are regarded as "SHOUTING." Be careful with them.

When working online:

* While online, stay focused on the topic you're researching. The Internet has a wealth of knowledge, but can also lead you to other places. Avoid getting distracted.
* Depending on whether you have internet censorship or not, if you access unwanted material, click out of the window immediately and tell someone what you have accessed.
* Never use a computer to harm other people. Never snoop around in other people's files.
* Never use or copy licensed software for which you have not paid. Never use other people's computer resources without authorization.

When publishing online:

* Whenever possible use your own material or Creative Commons licensed resources.
* If using other people's work, ask for permission first and give credit where credit is due.
* Never use other people's work and call it your own. In other words, don't cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content!
* Carefully proofread your online work before you post, just like you would a regular letter. Use good form, spelling and grammar.

When downloading online:

* Never download unlicensed videos, music, software or published material. This is called Internet piracy (theft) and carries some heavy penalties for infringement.
* Only used licensed, registered or open-source software.
* Never illegally duplicate resources into other formats such as DVDs.

Adapted from and Photos courtesy of kodomut

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Any other ideas? tessagray tessagray 0 171 Oct 13, 2010 by tessagray tessagray

Additional resources to consider

If you would like your child to sign an acceptable use agreement, then go to for some ideas and templates to use.

Child Pledge for Digital Citizenship
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