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Is It Appropriate?

Respectful Usage

Netiquette: When you are on the computer and not face-to-face with someone, it is easy to feel anonymous and become more bold, saying and doing things that you wouldn’t normally do.

To prevent problems, you need to keep 3 things in mind:

    • there is another human being with real feelings and emotions involved
    • everyone deserves to be treated with respect
    • do not say anything online that you would not be willing to say face-to-face

Here are a few tips to get you started in the direction of appropriate, respectful online communication:

    • Be careful what you write about others.  You never know who will be reading your comments.
    • Be truthful and honest - do not pretend to be someone or something that you are not.
    • Consider your audience and use language appropriate to that audience.  (Be aware of your use of slang, abbreviations, etc.)
    • Avoid offensive comments (especially those that might be considered sexist, racist or homophobic).
    • The law still applies in cyberspace, so be sure that you are not doing any illegal (including threatening or cyberbullying).
    • Be careful with sarcasm and humour, as it may not be obvious to the other person.
    • Typing in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is considered shouting, so be careful how you use it.
    • Be respectful of other people’s intellectual property - cite the source of information that you post and seeking permission wherever possible first.​

Before you send, T.H.I.N.K.



What is Cyber-Bullying?


It is wilfull and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones or other electronic devices.

    • Wilfull - the behaviour has to be deliberate, not accidentally
    • Repeated - bullying reflects a pattern of behaviour, not just one isolated incident
    • Harm - the target must perceive the harm was inflicted
    • Uses Technology - Computers, cell phones, etc.

For some excellent information, visit the DDSB's Digital Citizenship website section on Cyber-Bullying.