Are you a Good Cyber Citizen?
August 27, 2013
Just like the real-world etiquette we follow — like holding the door for the person behind you or covering your mouth when you sneeze — the World Wide Web has its own etiquette or “netiquette”.
Follow these tips to be a good cyber citizen.
- Don't be a cyber-bully - it's easy to feel safe behind the screen of our computer. That's because the Internet allows you to conceal your identity. Along with the sense of anonymity comes the feeling of power, something that can be taken advantage of and used for purposes that you wouldn't think of doing in real life. Treat your cyber friends the way you would want to be treated in real life. Be responsible and treat them with respect. For example, keep mean comments to yourself, and take down posts or pictures if a friend asks you to.
- Think first, act second - be careful about what you post to avoid future embarrassment; don't share anything on websites that you wouldn't want employers, family members or strangers to see. Check out this video to learn more about protecting your reputation online. Remember: you leave a digital foot print - once it's out there, it's out there forever.
- Protect yourself and those around you - stay up to date with privacy settings in social media. If you or someone you know does not want something posted on a website, know that you do have the ability to report objectionable material on most social media outlets.
- Don't “steal” information - just because information is freely available does not mean that it can be taken for free or reproduced without proper acknowledgement. If you stumble upon someone else's information or work that is copyrighted, do not use it for your own benefit. Cite all sources when referencing information that is not yours to avoid plagiarism and legal issues.
- Share your knowledge - the way to make a change is to get everyone involved. Share and teach those around you about the importance of being a good cyber citizen.
The web is an awesome place for exchange and flow of ideas and information. Respect others and use good judgment and “netiquette” to build a happier and safer cyber space!
Mike L. August 27, 2013
Great post! A very informative one. Be a Good Cyber Citizen and have an awareness and knowledge in cyber safety. Cyber safety, also known as internet safety or online safety, is the knowledge and practice of maximizing an internet user's personal safety and minimizing his or her security risks. It is also widely accepted as the self-protection from computer crime. Cyber Safety is something that parents and teachers need to focus on because there are a lot of bad things that can happen online, especially to students and minors who are vulnerable to attacks. A lot of people can benefit from this – students, teachers and parents who would like to enhance cyber safety in their homes or schools. You can subscribe to the channel to ensure that you are always updated when it comes cyber safety. It is also possible to follow their updates from social media by liking their page on Facebook or following them on Twitter. Whether you are an educator or a parent, you must accept the fact that technology and the internet are now imperative in students' lives. It is your duty to ensure that these students are able to benefit from these, but it is also your responsibility to protect their safety. Thank you! =)
Kylo June 23, 2016
This is good.
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