Digital Etiquette

Definition and Overview

Digital Etiquette: Is the awareness of being a responsible online citizen.

According to Mike Ribble (2013), this is one of the more problematic issues in digital citizenship. People recognize inappropriate behavior but don't know how to appropriately combat it. Many feel uncomfortable confronting others about their etiquette. When people use technology they often don't learn how to properly use digital etiquette.(

Digital etiquette relates to adults who have a responsibility to be an excellent role model for students of all ages. Not very many people are aware of any rules that have been enforced in using new technology so people are unsure how to exactly use their technology devices today. There are rules set out of people to take notice and to follow and make the internet better for others and better for yourself. It’s just as important to follow the golden rule like people to today, and take that onto using it while on the internet. The Digital Etiquette article found on digiteen09-1 wikipage relates the following to digital etiquette:
It’s just as important to treat people with courtesy and respect online as it is in real life. This includes hacking others computer, downloading illegally, plagiarism and using bad language on the Internet. Teachers today need to take responsibility and show students how important it is to follow the digital etiquette rules and some examples before being on the internet daily.
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Some teachers do teach digital etiquette in school because children need to be educated how to use technology appropriately. The right thing for teachers to do is to help the students use the internet appropriately and not abuse the privilege. People these days do not set a good example for children who are affected the most because they are learning bad things about technology from someone else who did the same thing that might have been unaware it was not good digital etiquette. One example that has affected many people that would cause a big problem would be sending an email before re-reading it. Emails you can’t get back after you send them to their recipient. Make sure you double check, re-read a couple times if you have to. Don’t send things out of anger, or rage, but make sure it is to the correct person you are sending it to and there isn't any problems, then you can send it.
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Learn more:

1. Look through this website: Rules of Digital Etiquette with different Gadgets
2. Great for parents to go through with students:
Parents and Children

3. Watch this video on digital etiquette:

Show What You Know

Resources for Teachers and kids:

Helpful resource for a teacher
More safety rules for kids to be aware of
Fun ways for children to learn about Digital Etiquette

Work Cited:

Digital Etiquette. (n.d.) Retrieved February 8, 2013 from the digiteen09-1Wiki;

Ribble, M. (2013) Digital Citizenship: using technology appropriately. Retrieved from