Year 9 – Netiquette is all about Internet Etiquette


Index

1. Passwords
2. Email
3. Mobile Phones
4. Posting
5. Social Networking
6. Multitasking


     Habit of Mind Focus #8: Applying Past Knowledge to new Situations

By now the internet is a crucial part of your life.  Communicating, socialising, buying, selling, watching, writing, reading and learning are all things you do regularly via the internet.  Therefore, you have a lot of experience in this world, so it’s important that you start exercising some of this wisdom to build Netiquette, stay safe and make the internet experience enjoyable for all concerned.  When you do enter a new situation online, like a new social media site, this knowledge should kick in automatically.


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Passwords

Your password or passwords are the keys to your online identity.  You have to create strong passwords and keep them to yourself.  Don’t share with friends, siblings or randoms.  You can create a password using this generator:

You can see how secure a password is by entering it into this password security site, created by Mark Burnett.  (Whilst this is a reputable site, please do not enter your actual password as people may be watching):

How secure is my password

This Tag Cloud shows the top 500 passwords as researched by Mark.

Password Tag Cloud

Password Tag Cloud

Click here for a comprehensive list of password tips


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Email

Email is fast becoming more trouble than it is worth, according to some professionals.  Whilst it is a great way to communicate, some people use it too much and incorrectly, making it a negative experience for the receivers.  Here are some hard and fast email rules.

(Source: Network Netiquette http://www.networketiquette.net/personal_email.html)

1. Keep your address book private
Don’t share personal email addresses without permission as they don’t belong to you.
2. Send it in plain text
Don’t get too fancy by trying to send html messages as the other person’s email system might not handle them.  Also, don’t use caps lock because IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE SHOUTING!
3. Ask before forwarding
If someone has emailed a personal message to you, do not pass it on unless you have their permission.
4. Email is not immediate
You may be expecting a return email straight away, but this is unreasonable.  Not everyone has access to a computer or their smart phone all the time.
5. Check your email
Don’t send it before you check it at least once for errors – errors in typing and errors in judgement.  Also, check your emails regularly to ensure there are no outstanding messages to which you need to respond.
6.  Ask for clarification
If you receive an email that is strange, dodgy, rude or out of character for the sender, check it out before taking any action.  Sometimes people’s email accounts get hacked and it sends out spam.
7.  Don’t assume
Not all people are the same.  Maybe you have misinterpreted what someone wrote and what seems like a nasty message is a joke or written incorrectly.  Emoticons can help explain comments and the context of the conversation.



Some other things to remember include:

Jokes and Chain Mail – these can be considered spam.  Only send to select people who you know will enjoy this type of email
Blind Copies (Bcc) – when sending emails to a large group of people, use the bcc function so that they can’t see all the other names on the mail out
Subject Line – make this clear and easy to interpret
Attachments – keep your attachments small as some email systems reject large sized emails.  Try using Dropbox or SkyDrive to share folders that contain large files


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Mobile Phones

You need to respect those around you when using a mobile phone.  Not everyone needs to listen to your conversation when you are on the train.  It is just courtesy – good manners.

Also, watch your language.  You are in a public space and you need to use language that is acceptable to the types of people around you – children, adults, pensioners and people from various religious and cultural backgrounds.




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Posting

Posting to the internet involves adding text, images, audio and video to a space on the internet that is accessible to other people.  They can then consume that data and content and interpret it.  Some spaces are private and can only be viewed by you and the people to which you give access.  Other spaces are public, and therefore accessible by anyone.

What you post in your private spaces and how you wish to be perceived by your close friends and relatives is up to you, but hopefully in this context you are respectful and portray yourself with positive actions.

In a public space on the internet, people seem to think they can talk and act without any of the normal rules of society.  It is very easy to create a fictitious name and write negative, derogatory and offensive text in forums and other such areas.

Here are 25 forum posting tips from Top Ten Reviews

1. Read the forums rules and guidelines before posting for the first time.
2. Search the other posts to see if your topic is already covered.
3. Use a meaningful title for your thread.
4. Do not use a forum to promote your product, service or business.
5. Be civil. Personal differences should be handled through email or IM and not through posts displayed to everyone.
6. Stay on topic.
7. Ignore spammers, respond to them personally and not through the board, or report them.
8. Do not submit a post that requires readers to download a large attachment. Either explain the attachment or, better yet, provide a link to the information.
9. Use plain text over HTML if you want your post to be readable by everyone.
10. In order to be understood by most people, use correct spelling, grammar and avoid slang unless you know the word or phrase will be understood by other members.
11. Do not double post (post the same message twice in one thread) or cross post (place the same message across several forums).
12. Act in a give and take manner; help others as often as or more than you ask for help.
13. Do not use all caps or SHOUT in your posts. In addition, one exclamation point is enough.
14. When replying to a post, do not quote more from the previous post than you have to.
15. Do not post new problems on someone else’s thread and interrupt a topic of discussion.
16. Do not use someone else’s thread for a private conversation.
17. Most forums prohibit warez, cracks or illegal downloading of software and similar topics.
18. Watch your sense of humor, posts may be read by people from a variety of backgrounds and ages.
19. Do not use a huge and annoying signature, a modest signature is fine, moderators may remove large ones anyway.
20. Do not post any information that you want private. Posts should not contain personal, identifiable information or content embarrassing to others.
21. Do not post content that violates a copyright.
22. Do not post ”empty” or useless responses, such as just ”lol” or ”cool.” Only post responses when you have something to contribute.
23. Write concisely and do not ramble.
24. Do not use words like ”urgent” or ”important” in your subject line, be patient.
25. Do not chastise newbies.

(Source: Top Ten Reviews http://forum-services-review.toptenreviews.com/25-forum-posting-etiquette-tips.html)

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Social Networking

Social Networking is the latest way to communicate.  People are able to use a myriad of ways to keep in touch with their very close friends and family, mates they hang out with regularly, people they see now and again and even people they don’t know (randoms).  But seriously, why would you want to stay in touch with a random person?

Whatever context you are using to socialise, there needs to be an adherence to Netiquette.  Chelle from Yahoo Voices offers these 10 Best Rules of Netiquette:

1.The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
2. No “Flaming”: Flaming is a form of verbal abuse when you intentionally attack or disrespect somebody for whatever reason.
3. Respect Others’ Copyrights: Copying the works of someone else without permission or saying it is your own will not only ruin your online reputation, but could land you with hefty fines and lawsuits!
4. DON’T TYPE IN ALL CAPS: It makes people think you are shouting at them.
5. Don’t Spam: There’s a fine line between spam and self-promotion, do it very carefully!
6. Be Honest: Faking website statistics, pretending to be someone else, or trying to cheat people online will not only hurt your reputation but can land you in a lot of hot water. You know the line honesty is the best policy, it’s also one of the 10 best rules for netiquette.
7. Use Proper Grammar & Spelling: We understand spelling isn’t always easy and typos and basic spelling mistakes will happen. But if it’s distracting from your message, it can be annoying.
8. Follow the TOS: Most sites have a terms of service policy that also lists rules of netiquette. Read it and abide by it!
9. Keep it PG-13: Never write or say anything you wouldn’t let your grandparents read.
10. Research Your Facts/Cite Sources: Before posting something, forwarding emails, or going off on a tangent, make sure it is factual and cite sources if possible to boost your credibility.
(Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/10-best-rules-netiquette-1952570.html)

This Video is from YouTube and had some more really great Social Networking tips.



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Multitasking

This term describes a process of doing 2 or more activities at once.  Young people think that they can do their homework, send texts on their phone and update Facebook all at the same time without any detrimental impact on their primary task – learning and education.

However, have you thought that talking on the phone when typing on the computer is actually disrespectful to the person on the phone?  It can also stop you from achieving the most important task you are trying to complete.  How is it detrimental?  Watch and learn …



This Graphic may also help explain the multitasking fallacy:

Multitasking


Let’s get Scientific with this.


So. what’s the bottom line with multitasking?



If you have time, download this sheet of paper and print it out. Watch the following movie and complete the task.



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