Netiquette For Kids

Learner Description: The netiquette rules below were written for children who are just becoming familiarized with the internet. These rules apply to internet use in the classroom, at home or anywhere else they may have access.

What is Netiquette?

The word "Netiquette" was created by putting the words internet and etiquette together. Netiquette is how you should act on the internet. It teaches you what you should and should not do while you are online. If you feel bad about doing something then you probably shouldn't be doing it.

Cyber Manners

I am sure your mom and dad have taught you manners. Always say please and thank you, cover your mouth when you sneeze and chew with your mouth closed. Well, believe it or not there are manners that you use on the internet as well! First, you should be polite. You should never purposely write mean things to or about another person. This is called cyber bullying and it can get you into a lot of trouble. Not only can it get you into trouble, but it is very hurtful to the people that it is directed towards. Secondly, always think before you write something online. Remember that once you hit the "send" button you can never take it back. If you are upset at someone, take your time to cool off before you respond. You will most likely regret whatever you write when you are mad. Lastly, use the same behaviors online that you would use in real life. If you wouldn't steal someone's money in real life, then don't steal personal information from someone online. If you wouldn't call someone a mean name to their face, then don't do it online either.

Cyber Smarts

The internet is an amazing place filled with fun games and lots of information, but it can also be a dangerous place. When you are on the internet you need to be safe. You should never give out your personal information: home address, telephone number or any passwords. You should also never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. If someone tells you something and asks you to keep it a secret, you need to tell an adult! You also need to be very safe when you are "surfing the web". Only go to websites that you know are safe and have been okayed by an adult. There are websites that can hurt your computer and contain information that is not okay for kids. If you ever get lost or stuck somewhere on the internet, just ask for help from an adult.

Cyber Communication

The great part about the internet is it lets you talk to your grandma who lives across the country or maybe a family member who is serving in the military overseas. It is very easy to communicate with others by emailing, instant messaging or posting to a blog or social network. When you are online you should only talk to people that you know. You wouldn't talk to a stranger on the street so don't do it on the internet either. When you are emailing or messaging someone, make sure that you make it short. If you use abbreviations or acronyms (lol, brb, bfn) it can save you and the reader a lot of time. It is also a good idea to use emoticons when writing messages. By adding a smiley face, sad face or a confused face, it will help the reader understand the proper emotion you were trying to send. The last thing to remember when communicating online is never to use all capital letters. This is called "shouting" on the internet and is considered very rude.

Always Remember:

Cyber Manners

  1. Be polite
  2. Think before you write
  3. Use the same behaviors online that you would in real life

Cyber Smarts

  1. Never give out your personal information
  2. Don't do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable
  3. Only visit websites that you know are safe

Cyber Communication

  1. Never talk to strangers
  2. Make your messages short
  3. Use emoticons to help relay the proper emotion
  4. Never use all capital letters. This is called shouting and it is rude!