Manners and etiquette haven't quite caught up to technological advances, and parents need to stay ahead of the game. It's our responsibility to teach our kids that their Internet life will follow them in real life, and there are certain do's and don'ts to follow. So, here are some "netiquette" suggestions:
- When a website has a list of rules, obey those rules. The rules are in place for a reason. Obeying them gives those visiting the most out of the website. Plus, not adhering to the rules can put your use of that site at risk.
- Spell-check everything you write.
- Do not use all caps. This indicates shouting.
- Honesty is the best policy, both IRL (in real life) and online.
- Never give out personal information online. There's never a good enough reason to do so.
- Don't send texts or emails late at night. It can wait until the next day, especially if it's not an emergency.
- Only shop on sites that are secure.
- When posting pictures, make sure they won't haunt you for the rest of your life. Assume that anything you post online may resurface even after it's deleted.
- Just be yourself. If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it at all. Your reputation online is just as important as it is IRL.
- The Golden Rule applies online, too. If you wouldn't want it done to you, don't do it to someone else.
- Always re-read everything before posting, and if it violates any rule, don't post it.
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