15 Netiquette Rules for Students

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Your students are on the Internet. Help them use it appropriately with these 15 Netiquette Rules.

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15 Netiquette Rules for Students
  1. See if your question has already been asked, before asking. It only takes a moment to scan the conversation.
  2. Post information and links that are relevant to the discussion.
  3. Remember, when you type in all capital letters, it looks like you’re screaming at the audience.
  4. Refrain from anger and sarcasm.
  5. Remember that courtesy counts.
  6. Respect all opinions, even if you disagree with them.
  7. There’s no room for guesswork when interacting online. Netiquette calls for accuracy, so check your sources.
  8. Summarize responses from peers to your website, blog or another social network. This is always good netiquette.
  9. Keep your posts brief. Online chat should not be a dissertation.
  10. Never vilify your peers’ responses.
  11. Don’t plagiarize. If you reference something in the conversation, cite your sources.
  12. Conduct proper research, instead of relying on others to answer factual questions you can easily locate with a Google search.
  13. No parrots allowed on the Internet. If someone already answered a question, you needn’t answer it again.
  14. Forgive mistakes in netiquette. No one is perfect.
  15. Remember proper mechanics. Check your spelling and grammar before posting. People like good prose, even on the Internet.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.