Netiquette

What is it?

Netiquette means communicating and behaving appropriately on the internet, such as in social networking sites, online forums, via any form of messaging and sharing data. It is a combination of the words internet and etiquette.

How does it work?

As the internet spans the globe and includes people from all cultures and backgrounds interacting together online, there are many different cultures and potential rules of behaviour. As such, netiquette is really about what is appropriate within a particular location or online community, although in general, normal good behaviour is the best choice. This is why some new members of a social networking site or online forum will choose lurking to observe first before taking part openly.

Why is it useful?

Netiquette is useful because it provides a framework for behaviour between internet users.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and netiquette?

Etiquette and netiquette are useful concepts for children to understand as getting along with others is an important part of belonging to a community, including an online community.

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