When communicating and interacting with people online, there are certain rules of thumb that you should follow.
Consider your message.
What do you want others to know about you? What belongs online? What does not?
Are you proud of ALL your online content (work, writing, comments, images, video, audio)?
Would your grandmother, your principal, your teacher be embarrassed reading or seeing your content?
What is the difference between protecting your identity and what is lying and being untruthful about information?
Be the better blogger.
Be present. Participate in classroom discussions and contribute your unique voice to the conversation.
Use appropriate grammar instead of texting language.
Use a respectful tone of voice when posting. Refrain from posts that trease, bully, annoy, spam, or gossip.
Keep conversations on topic.
Keep private information private. This includes telephone numbers, addresses, emails, etc.
Be sure to get permission before posting photos or videos showing yourself or classmates.
Show what you know! If you’ve found information or have an idea, share it on your blog.
Apply the CATCHER mnemonic:
Constructive – purposeful, helpful to yourself as well as others.
Appropriate – for the audience.
Topical – it’s not a journal about your life.
Considered – you need to be safe and take time to think before posting.
Honest – you should represent yourself and whatever you post truthfully
Edited – your work is worth the time to proof read
Respectful – of yourself and of others.
Be extra polite.
You wouldn’t make a nasty comment to a person you just met – you’d probably go above and beyond to be friendly and helpful. Apply the same attitude to your online activity.
Check before you post!
Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct before you post online.
Overall, keep safe.
Never publish personal information online, such as:
Detailed physical descriptions
A detailed location where you can be found on a given day and time
Photos of yourself
Remember that information on the Internet, especially embarrassing information, may still be around after you’ve deleted it. Be careful not to post things that may come back to haunt you later.