“A class Etiquette policy”

Dear all my students,

I want all of you to learn an important life style to follow from now to all your future.

I advice you to know that “Etiquette in technology governs what conduct is socially acceptable in an online or digital situation. The rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over the Internet or social networks or devices are different from those applying when communicating in person or by audio.

As well, I want you to learn that “Netiquette” covers not only rules of behavior during discussions but also guidelines that reflect the unique electronic nature of the medium. Netiquette usually is enforced by fellow users who are quick to point out infractions of netiquette rules.

At school, communicating with others via the Internet without misunderstandings in the heat of the moment can be challenging, mainly because facial expressions and body language cannot be interpreted on cyberspace. Therefore, several recommendations to attempt to safeguard against these misunderstandings have been proposed.
 want you to be aware that “Digital citizenship” is a term that describes how a person should act while using digital technology online and has also been defined as “the ability to participate in society online”. The term is often mentioned in relation to Internet safety and netiquette.

At school, you can be required to interact with one another, with their teachers, with the text, with the Internet, with the entire class, in small groups or teams, one-on-one with a partner, etc. In addition to discuss the course content, students can interact regarding assignments, problems to solve, case studies, lab activities, etc. Any course can be designed with required interactivity.

I and all of my students put together and agree to apply these “Netiquette standards for the use of technology” especially online discussions and social networking . I want all of you to share these netiquette standards and follow them in your internet usage.

These are Our Netiquette standards for “The use of technology” and ” Using the mobile phones”:

  1. Identify yourself and Use a signature at the end of a message. Don’t publish info that identifies you to any one.
  2. Choose sensible, strong and head-to-guess password.
  3. Don’t upload inappropriate pictures or photos.
  4. Give a descriptive phrase in the subject line of the message header that tells the topic of the message. Make sure the subject line (e-mail) or title (web page) reflects your content.
  5. People who don’t know you may misinterpret its meaning.
  6. “Respect others’ privacy”. Do not quote or forward personal email without the original author’s permission.
  7. Acknowledge and return messages promptly. All they have are your words, and your words can express the opposite of what you feel. Don’t use inappropriate language.
  8. “Copy with caution”. Don’t copy everyone you know on each message.
  9. Don’t contribute to worthless information on the Internet by sending or responding to mass postings of chain letters, rumors.
  10. Be concise. Keep messages concise—about one screen, as a rule of thumb. Stop and think before you click.
  11. Use appropriate language. If your message is short, people will be more likely to read it.
  12. Use appropriate emoticons (emotion icons) to help convey meaning. Be selective on what information. Don’t curse or swear. Stay positive.
  13. Forward e-mail messages you receive -only with permission of the sender.
  14. Obey copyright laws. Don’t use others’ images, content, etc. without permission.
  15. Avoid “flaming” (online “screaming”) or sentences typed in all caps. Don’t write in all capital letters. Avoiding flame wars and spam.
  16. Use asterisks surrounding words to indicate italics used for emphasis (*at last*).
  17. Use words in brackets, such as (grin), to show a state of mind.
  18. Use common acronyms (e.g., LOL for “laugh out loud”).  Don’t send an email when you’re angry or upset, don’t work when it’s really late at night and you’re tired.
  19. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life.
  20. Respect other people’s time and bandwidth.
  21. Don’t give Apps permission before verifying.
  22. Share expert knowledge. Share a lot. Google before you share
  23. Don’t take it personal. Respect others’ privacy. Cite others’ work you use. On more private protocols. Don’t digitally disrespect.
  24. Don’t invite everyone. Treat others the way you like to be treated digitally.
  25. Be selective when adding friends.
  26. To avoid typing in all caps or grossly enlarging script for emphasis. Make sure you use spell check and check your grammar and don’t correct someone spelling or grammar
  27. Don’t make online presence all about you.
  28. Use fully protected computers.
  29. One-on-one communications may be considered more private than other such protocols.
  30. Don’t leave your mobile on the table during a class period or in the lab.
  31. Don’t treat your mobile phone as an accessory.
  32. Turn your mobile off and put it in your bag, pocket or purse.
  33. You really need to keep your mobile private. Keep conversation private when in public.
  34. Keep your head up and avoid typing a message while walking.
  35. Don’t send a text to follow-up.
  36. Don’t play texting games when you send a text to someone.
  37. Don’t mix “wall posts” and ” personal messages”.
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