Oct 2, 2016

Digital Citizenship: Etiquette

Digital Citizenship is not that different than Real Life Citizenship. As technology continues to be absorbed into our daily lives, the line between online and offline behavior blurs. The anonymity of the internet, or even the inability to see the author, sometimes creates situations where participants behave in ways they would not in Real Life. 

The "Core Rules of Netiquette" were developed by Virginia Shea and published in her 1994 book Netiquette. These rules connect the elements specific to the digital world with those in the real world, reminding us that good citizenship is important no matter where we are. In 1994 the internet as we know it had not yet been made public, and the idea of having a computer in your pocket was limited to SciFi. Yet these rules, grounded in good Real Life Citizenship, still apply in 2016:
  1. Remember the Human: While the internet may be digital, the people behind the words and images are human.
  2. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life: Be respectful, give credit where due.
  3. Know where you are in cyberspace: An extension of know your audience, understand the rules and expectations of the group before participating fully.
  4. Respect other people's time and bandwidth: "You are not the center of cyberspace"
  5. Make yourself look good online: Present the best you. Consider how your words or images can be taken out of context.
  6. Share expert knowledge: Participate! There are communities and forums for educators at all levels, subjects, and teaching style. Be sure your PLN includes digital resources.
  7. Help keep flame wars under control: Don't feed the troll, and he will likely get bored and go away. If that doesn't work contact the site owner or a person in charge.
  8. Respect other people's privacy: We don't snoop through other people's drawers, so don't snoop through their email.
  9. Don't abuse your power: Those in charge of other's access to view and share must not take undue advantage of that responsibility.
  10. Be forgiving of other people's mistakes: If you decide to point out a mistake, do so politely and privately.
Links direct to the excepts from Netiquette as available at the publisher website.